Police: Man Killed Pregnant Girlfriend In Fort Smith Home, Found Toddler With Injuries

FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A man killed his pregnant girlfriend in Fort Smith on Saturday, according to police.

Officers identified the woman killed as 22-year-old Briana Butler.

Fort Smith Police said they received a 911 call from Douglas True, 21, around 11:52 a.m. on Sunday (July 20). True requested officers to meet with him in the 2900 block of South 66th Street. When officers responded, True was waving them into his driveway, police said.

Police said once they realized the man may have committed a “violent crime,” they searched the house and found Butler laying on the floor of a bathroom. Officers also found a  two-year-old girl sleeping in a nearby bedroom. The little girl appeared to have minor facial injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment, police said.  She is expected to  make a full recovery.

A knife was located at the home and is believed to have been used during the incident, police said.

Police said they believe Butler was near or at mid-term of pregnancy.  Her body will be sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for an autopsy.

True was arrested on suspicion of two charges of capital murder. He is being held at the Sebastian County Detention Center without bond.

Barry Wayne witnessed True get arrested. He said he got a call on Sunday from his niece who lives in the complex. She told Wayne she was scared because there was a crime scene across from her house.

“She had never been in nothing like this before,” Wayne said, “I seen three or four police cars and then I was sitting on the porch, and I seen a gentlemen in the back and they said he had murdered her.”

He said his niece was planning on moving out of the Cedar Court complex.

“You never know what’s going on in a person’s mind, so you always got to be careful,” Wayne said, “You never know what’s going on with that person.”


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