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Shoe print leads to arrest of man accused of shooting at house

October 7, 2019 Digital Media Exclusive

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Michael Lee Hutchinson

A shoe with a partially missing tread turned out to be a key piece of evidence against a suspect in a shooting at a house in Butler, according to testimony at a preliminary hearing Monday.

The flawed tread left behind distinctive shoe prints in the snow Feb. 17 near a home on the 800 block of West Penn Street hit by six gunshots, investigators said.

Less than 15 hours after the shooting, Michael Lee Hutchinson, 24, of Butler appeared at the police station for an interview. On his right foot, Lt. David Villotti testified, was a shoe with a tread that matched the prints.

It would take several more months, but police eventually charged Hutchinson, a felon.

At the hearing, District Judge William Fullerton ordered him held for trial on five counts each of attempted homicide, aggravated assault and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

He is being held in the Butler County Prison without bail.

Read more in Tuesday's Butler Eagle.

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