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Trial set for man accused of shooting boy in Sanford

Daquan Butts opened fire after basketball game, police say

SANFORD, Fla. – Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in the trial of a man accused of shooting a 10-year-old boy and another man after an argument over a basketball game.

Sanford police said Daquan Butts spent a week on the run after the September 2014 attack, which happened in the area of West 13th Street and Oleander Avenue.

According to police, Butts fired at least five shots after a heated argument.
A man was shot in the backside and was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Jeremiah Taylor, a 10-year-old student at Idyllwilde Elementary School, was riding his bicycle in the area at the time of the shooting.  He was shot in the abdomen and airlifted to Winnie Palmer Hospital and has since made a full recovery.

Police said Butts was tracked down and taken into custody after they received several tips from the community.

Butts has a lengthy criminal record that includes arrests related to drugs, battery and fleeing from police.  He now faces aggravated battery and child abuse charges stemming from the shooting.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Monday.


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