An Erie man facing homicide charges appeared in court for a preliminary hearing.
Defonta Butler, 30, is facing first-degree homicide charges after allegedly shooting a man in between State and French streets in September. The victim has been identified as Jeffrey Johnson.
Authorities say Johnson was leaving a business in the 1800 block of State Street when Butler allegedly pulled up in a red SUV and fired several rounds at the victim. Johnson was hit and later died from his injuries.
According to Butler’s attorney, all charges have been bound over. A trial date has not been set.