Florida man charged in 34 year old Braintree murder

Keith Bennet's booking photo.Pinellas County Sheriff's Department

A Florida man will be arraigned on a single count of murder in Norfolk Superior Court in Dedham at 2 p.m. on Monday following his arrest on Friday afternoon for a warrant for a 1981 murder.


Keith Butler, 57, of 1449 Queen Anne Blvd., Palm Harbor, FL, was indicted on May 6, 2015 by a Norfolk County grand jury for the murder of Francis X. Hussey, 41 at the time of his death.


Hussey lived at 1208 Liberty Street, Braintree where he was found dead in his locked house, on the floor of his kitchen, with obvious signs of head trauma, on January 17, 1981. The two men lived two doors down from one another.


Butler was tried twice for the murder, with both trials resulting in hung juries in April and December of 1983. The case was withdrawn from the trial list by a Nolle Prosequi In January, 1984.


“We are continually looking at older cases in the hope of bringing new techniques and new light to those cases,” District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey said.

“In this instance, State Police Sgt. Brian Brooks, from the detective unit attached to the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office, believed that there was surviving physical evidence that might benefit from modern forensic testing," Morrissey said."His efforts, and the initial investigation by State and Braintree detectives at the time of the murder, have led to this new indictment."

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