Details Released On Man Accused Of Killing Girlfriend, Unborn Baby

Prosecutors on Wednesday released new documents detailing the stabbing death of a Fort Smith woman and her unborn baby from July.

The court documents state Briana Butler was stabbed 11 times by her boyfriend Douglas True. Her wounds were extensive and graphic, the documents state.

“We talked on a daily basis there`s not many days where we didn`t talk,” said Butler’s mother Rhonda Carter. “I`d just give her a big hug and a kiss and tell her I love her so much.”

Police responded around 11:52 a.m. on July 20 to a home on South 66th Street in Fort Smith. Court documents state Butler’s body was found bloody and naked except for a black sports bra.

“I came here two days before she passed away,” said Butler’s sister Jessica Efram. “I thank God that I called her that day or I wouldn`t be able to live with myself.”

First responders on scene said they were shocked by the wounds they saw. The report states they were able to see the inside of Butler’s neck and throat.

“She just had the biggest heart of anybody I`ve ever met,” Carter said. “She liked to play basketball and soccer she was a cheerleader.”

True was later arrested after he called 911. True stated he had been dating Butler for about four months. He said he had known her for about 10 years and said he was in alcohol treatment for rehab. True remains in the Sebastian County Detention Center.

“We grew up being best friends,” Efram said.

The night before the alleged crime, the report states True was at a friend’s party, where he said he drank 10 to 12 beers along with mixed drinks and whiskey. Documents show True later went to Buffalo Wild Wings in Fort Smith, where he said he had about 10 more drinks. He said he drank beer and Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey.

True stated he later woke up from the couch and went into the bathroom, where he saw Butler dead. He then went to a local hardware store, before coming back home and calling 911, police said.

Butler sustained a total of 11 stab wounds. She had been carrying her unborn child for 27 weeks. The baby, a boy, was healthy before being killed, the medical examiner said.

DNA results state True was not the child’s father.

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