LAS VEGAS (AP) - A court hearing was delayed one week for a man
who had planned to take a plea deal in a Las Vegas bad check case,
but who is now sought in California after a decomposed body was
found in the freezer of his impounded motor home.
Clarence Eugene Butterfield's lawyer told a judge Thursday that Nevada prosecutors withdrew an Oct. 22 plea agreement that could
have gotten the 55-year-old Butterfield probation for pleading guilty to a felony forgery charge.
The lawyer, Christopher Jones, referred to a murder charge lodged against Butterfield on Oct. 30 by authorities in Orange County, Calif.
Clark County District Court Hearing Master Kevin Williams agreed to postpone Butterfield's case until Nov. 13.
In Orange County, officials say it could take two more weeks to identify the body found stuffed in the refrigerator of Butterfield's motor home.
Sheriff's officials said last week they think it could be Butterfield's 22-year-old daughter, Rebekah Butterfield. She hasn't been seen for about two years.
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