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Williams pleads guilty to murdering a New Hampshire couple on a local beach in 2019; will serve life in prison

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Posted at 8:00 AM, Nov 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-10 20:14:25-05

KINGSVILLE, Texas — Adam Curtis Williams, the man accused of killing New Hampshire couple James and Michelle Butler in 2019 near Padre Balli Park, will serve life in prison for the murders.

Williams had pled guilty to capital murder, unlawful use of a firearm, theft, and tampering with evidence.

He also will serve a life sentence for the theft and tampering with physical evidence charges, which were first-degree felonies, and 20 years for unlawful use of a firearm because he had previous felony convictions.

Over the summer, prosecutors made it clear that they were seeking the death penalty against him, but the guilty plea negated that option. The sentences were ordered to be served consecutively.

Amanda Noverr, who also has been charged in the crime, is expected to be in court in the coming days.

New Hampshire couple James and Michelle Butler first were reported missing in October 2019. Their bodies were later found buried south of Bob Hall Pier.

The following month, Adam Curtis Williams and Amanda Noverr were accused of driving the Butlers' stolen truck and RV into Mexico. They were caught on camera crossing the Mexico border with the Butlers' stolen truck and RV. They were eventually caught, arrested, and extradited back to the United States. Both have been in jail since November 2019.

Click here to read the indictments.

Digital Content Producers Ryan Garza and Ana Tamez contributed to this story.