Authorities aren't sure why or how long a California man convicted of second-degree murder was in Beaufort before he was arrested Thursday.
Edward Dennis Butler Sr., 52, of Escondido, Calif. was arrested by Beaufort Police Department officers only hours after the U.S. Marshal Service alerted them he was in the area, according to Chief Matt Clancy. Butler had been staying at the Quality Inn on Boundary Street for two days and was arrested outside the motel as he waited for a cab, Clancy said.
The fugitive also has a South Carolina-issued Social Security Number, Clancy said, indicating he was likely born in the state.
Butler violated conditions of his parole by failing to report to his parole officer, Clancy said.
The fugitive warrant was issued by San Diego County, according to the Beaufort County Detention Center.
Further information on Butler's second-degree murder conviction was not available because San Diego County court records are not accessible online or over the phone.
The Southern District of California U.S. Marshal Service declined to provide information about the arrest.
Butler has a Municipal Bond Court hearing Nov. 16, according to court records. He'll likely be extradited back to San Diego, Clancy said.
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