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Man Who Stabbed Friend 52 Times, Cut Off Fingertips Guilty Of Murder

May 17, 2018 - 8:09 am

SAGINAW (WWJ/AP) - A man who fatally stabbed his friend more than 50 times and cut off his fingertips could end up spending the rest of his life in prison. 

A jury on Wednesday convicted 51-year-old Ralph Butler of second-degree murder after two days of deliberations, The Saginaw News reported.

Authorities say Butler stabbed his 57-year-old neighbor Andrew Cannon 52 times in the chest and face before dumping his body in a field in Buena Vista Township, about 85 miles northwest of Detroit, in December 2016. Bloody clothes and seven fingertips later used to identify Cannon were found in a dollar store parking lot trash bin along with a knife and gloves.

Prosecutors say Butler owed Cannon money, but Butler's attorney James Piazza disputed that as being part of a possible motive.