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Former CPSO deputy pleads not guilty in stun gun incident

VIDALIA — A former Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a charge of simple battery.

Victor Cass Butler, 34, 2071 Eleanor St., Vidalia, was originally charged with a more serious charge, aggravated battery, on Sept. 17, following an alleged incident in which he is accused of using his service stun on on his fiancée during a domestic dispute.

Seventh Judicial Assistant District Attorney Joseph Boothe said the aggravated battery charge was never filed with his office. Boothe said he would not comment on the particulars of the case.

Butler’s trial date is set for April 12. Court is scheduled to start at 9 a.m.

Vidalia Police Department investigators reported in September that data from the stun gun shows that the device was fired a couple times on the night of the alleged incident.

VPD investigators say the data does not provide police with information about who fired the stun gun or whether the device actually made contact with a target.