Dad says his 15-year-old is innocent in deaths

December 29, 2008 6:51:05 AM PST
The father of a 15-year-old Bronx girl is defending her against accusations that she killed two men, including one whose dismembered body was found in a plastic bag. James Butler told the Daily News in Monday editions that he believes his daughter, Sharell Butler, is innocent in the slayings.

He told the newspaper that he feels "sorry for the victims and their families."

Sharell Butler pleaded not guilty when she was arraigned late Saturday. She has been charged as an adult with murder in the deaths of 24-year-old Christopher Umpierre on Dec. 19 and 22-year-old John Hopkins-Drago on Dec. 21.

Her attorney, Xavier Donaldson, told the New York Post, "She's just a 15-year-old girl and she's scared."

Hopkins-Drago was stabbed to death, his body found stuffed in a garbage can.

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