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Police: Fort Smith man killed pregnant girlfriend

By The Associated Press

This article was published July 21, 2014 at 7:08 a.m.

FORT SMITH — Fort Smith police say they have arrested a man who confessed to stabbing his pregnant girlfriend to death.

Fort Smith Police Department Sgt. Daniel Grubbs said 21-year-old Douglas True called 911 just before noon Sunday. Grubbs said True told police he believed he committed a serious crime and wanted to turn himself in.

Grubbs said the body of 22-year-old Briana Butler was found lying on the floor of the bathroom. He said she was near or at mid-term of her pregnancy.

A knife was found at the residence that police believe was used as a weapon. True has been charged with two counts of capital murder.

Authorities didn't know whether True has an attorney. He is being held at the Sebastian County jail without bail.

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Dontcallmenames says... July 21, 2014 at 11:27 a.m.

Hey liberals, were TWO peope kiled or was one of the deaths jut an abortion?

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Pacorabone says... July 21, 2014 at 12:43 p.m.

This brings to mind the age old question that no liberal, judge or rational person can explain. A double murder when a mother and her unborn baby are killed. But it's not murder when an unborn child is murdered by being ripped from the womb, literally limb by limb. Can you lefty lib, pro death, progressives explain that?

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Vickie55 says... July 21, 2014 at 1:29 p.m.

Beyond contemptible that you two would use a tragedy such as this to spew political garbage. Do you think maybe this lady had a family who is now grieving the loss?

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LR1955 says... July 21, 2014 at 1:58 p.m.

I agree Vickie55. And to make it worse, one can't spell worth a hoot.

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mitchstoner says... July 21, 2014 at 2:33 p.m.

Valid point, Vickie. However two things that might need to be pointed out about this tragedy.

First there are two grieving families: one lost a daughter and grandchild; one is losing a son in addition to the loss of a grandchild. Not just Brianna's family suffering.

Second, and it needs to be said in spite of sounding cruel, the young woman and young man were both apparently living with diminished capacity to make good lifestyle decisions. And a large share of the blame for that is on parenting. As a society we are seriously failing to raise our kids to think of consequences and avoid impulsive living.

If all of us who are parents (and grandparents and aunts and uncles, etc) take to heart our responsibility to teach our kids right from wrong, remembering that actions have consequences, and so forth, our kids will have a far better chance of happiness and success.

Take the example of this tragedy and resolve to spend more of your time and energy loving and instructing not only your own children, but all kids in your sphere of influence.

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cmurders says... July 21, 2014 at 3:34 p.m.

So much wisdom in what Mr. Stoner had to say. We've got to care more about the direction our kids are going (not just our own but any that God may put in our path).
By the way, my name is just as it reads.

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mitchstoner says... July 21, 2014 at 4:06 p.m.

Thanks. Let me elaborate a bit since some may want to take my post differently from what I intend.

I understand, we all have a need to get along and to be accepted by those around us. But as a parent (grand, aunt, uncle, family friend, etc.). we have a duty to our kids that is more important than acceptance.

There will be times you have to tell your kids "no you can't listen to that music--watch that tv show or movie--because it is trying to tell you drugs or sex or rebellion or screwing off in school are cool. Those things are not cool, they can hurt you. And the people (actors, rock stars, rappers, etc) telling you how cool it is to do those things, are not good friends."

There will be times you have to say to your kids, "you can play with those particular kids, but only here at our house," and then you will need to commit time to being aware of what they are doing and saying.

There will be times a kid or adult says, in the presence of your kids "were we ever wasted, and it was so cool," and you will have to be bold and say something to counteract that. You don't have to scream "sinner, get out of my house!" It is far more effective to say "I do worry about you when you do things like that. I don't want to see you ruin your health or get in an accident."

I was not a great father, but "fortunately" I was working too many night shifts and my son was raised mostly by my wife, who has always had her head on pretty straight. So my son avoided a lot of things that happened to some of his friends. Now I have 2 young Grandkids and am more prepared to be a better example and teacher to them.

Second chances. We usually get more of them than we deserve. Make the best possible use of them.

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ThinkFree says... July 21, 2014 at 4:34 p.m.

I have two 20-something children and would agree that it's much better if your kids friends hangout at your house, especially when they are teenagers. When you are around these young people you learn what they are about. I've only had to tell one of my children's friends to leave (and not come back). That was because he was doing dangerous things (jumping off my roof) and not listening to my admonitions. As it turned out, I made the right call, the young man turned out badly, in and out of jail and drug addicted. Some times it's hard, because your children have been conditioned toward tolerance, but there is a point where experience tells you that your kids are better off without "that friend". Now my kids are on their own and are making their own decisions. So far so good, but it takes engagement by parents. You just can't cross your fingers and hope for the best.
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Like many on this blog, I morn the loss of BOTH victims and both families.

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Packman says... July 21, 2014 at 5:28 p.m.

Prayers to the family.
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Typical libs to avoid inconvenient questions by claiming they are inappropriate for a moment. Bullspit. If we can save unborn children from the ravages of Roe v Wade by using a tragedy like this to stimulate critical thought then maybe, just maybe, something good can come from it. Now, Vickie, answer the questions about legal killing of the unborn versus illegal killing.
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Hey cmurders and mitchstoner - I hope you both vote for conservative political candidates because failed liberal social policies encourage irresponsibility and excuse making instead of self-reliance and personal pride. Libs prefer a nanny state to a caring household where parents raise children and not the government.

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dswoods says... July 21, 2014 at 9:32 p.m.

If these liberal bashers are so concerned about life, why not be concerned about this murder instead of some misunderstood political agenda - when life begins or whether a woman & her doctor or government has the right to determine that question is for another time, not when a 21 yr life & her potential child have their lives ended.

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