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Parents Told They Can't Attend Son's Burial

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

On Wednesday, Billy Buttry would have turned 43-years-old.

"It was the worst day of my life," Billy Buttry's Mother Christine Buttry said.

Christine says the last few days have been torture. she and Billy's father, William, feel their son should still be alive today.

"He did not deserve that, there is no way he deserved that." Said William Buttry, Billy's father.

Billy Buttry was killed on Sunday in rural Madison County. Police say his wife, Jeannie, shot him as he fought with his son, Dean. She claims she was protecting her son and so far, no charges have been filed.

There will be two separate funerals Friday: one in the morning and one in the afternoon, but only one family will be attending the burial.

"It's not right, not right at all. We don't know what to expect and it is killing us," said Christine.

The Buttry family will get an hour-and-a-half with Billy, following a private service with Billy's wife and son. Then, a private burial will be held at an undisclosed location. The Buttry family will not be allowed to attend.

"We understand why they are having two funerals, to limit the possibility of a confrontation between the two families, but how can we as parents get closure, when we can't even bury our son?" said Christine.

We tried to talk to Jeannie Buttry about the funeral arrangements but we were unable to contact her.

Police say they don't plan to file charges, but will take the case to the grand jury.

On Wednesday, State Police told 27NEWSFIRST Billy Buttry was also stabbed multiple times in addition to being shot in the chest.


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