Mobile County homicide suspect captured in Florida

Northwest Florida

MARIANNA, Fla./MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) – A woman arrested in Florida was discovered to have a warrant out for her arrest for a failure to appear on a homicide charge in Mobile County. 

Sara Downey Butner was arrested Monday during a traffic stop by police in Marianna, Florida, which is off I-10 in between Crestview and Tallahassee. During that traffic stop, officers were told the car she was in was reported stolen out of Pensacola. Police also discovered that Butner had a warrant out for her arrest for failure to appear, related to a homicide charge.

News 5 has learned the warrant is for failure to pay restitution, in connection with a DUI resulting in death back in 2004. The Mobile County District Attorney’s Office confirms she was charged with manslaughter after she hit and killed a man on the shoulder of I-65 North. 

According to court documents, Sara Butner, then Downey, was sentenced to 10 years and served three years with probation. She was also required to send more than $6,000 in restitution to the victim, Chris Rover’s family. Documents show she has not made a payment since 2015 and didn’t appear in court to explain why she was not making those payments. Because of that, a warrant was issued for her arrest in 2018. 

Butner was arrested and booked into the Jackson County Florida Correction Facility, she’ll have to appear in front of a judge.


On March 25, 2019, Officers with the Marianna Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a black Nisan Pathfinder for and equipment violation.

Officers identified the driver as Sara Butner from Pensacola, FL and the passenger as Melvin Miles from Mississippi. During the course of the traffic stop Officers were advised that the tag on the vehicle was reported stolen from Pensacola.

Sara Butner also had a warrant from Mobile County, Alabama for failure to appear on a Homicide charge. In addition, Butner Driver’s License was currently suspended.

Melvin Miles was reported to be on Parole for possession of precursor chemicals to manufacture methamphetamine. He had absconded from his parole and a Parole Violation Warrant was issued by the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

Sarah Butner and Melvin Miles were both arrested and transported to the Jackson County Correction Facility to await first appearance on charges of Fugitive from Justice


Copyright 2021 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Latest Videos

More Video

More Local News

3-Day Forecast

Trending Stories