Highlands High School Murder Suspect Goes To Court

Sacramento County Sheriff's Investigators say 18-year-old Neven Butler killed 86-year-old Fusako Petrus early Wednesday when she tried to stop him from assaulting her 61-year-old walking companion at Highlands High School.

Butler was arrested Wednesday afternoon after an attack on a 92-year-old woman near Howe and Northrop, and he made an appearance in a Sacramento court on Friday to face those charges.  Butler's new attorney, Linda Parisi, asked to the two case joined for his next court appearance Monday.

The judge ordered that any video or photographs of Butler in the courtroom not show his face.

Photo by Ryan Harris, KFBK

Parisi says she is not certain but would not be surprised if murder charges were filed soon, and she claims she has not had a lot of time to talk with Butler.

Parisi talked to some people outside the court who refused media interview requests, but who are thought to be relatives of Butler.

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