Aimee Butel, Valley Attorney, Accused of Running Over Woman While Driving Drunk

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A Valley attorney and former Maricopa County medical examiner is accused of running over and killing a woman lying in a roadway while driving drunk, then driving away.

Aimee Lorine Butel, listed in court documents obtained by New Times as an attorney for the Phoenix law firm Knapp & Roberts, is accused of running over the woman shortly after midnight on Saturday.

For some reason, the woman Butel allegedly hit was lying naked in the road near 34th Street and Thomas Road. Butel pulled over a block past the spot, as one of her passengers went back to the scene, where a witness was performing CPR on the woman.

When police started showing up, Butel's passenger came back to the car, and Butel told the people in her car that she was taking them home, according to the documents.

"At no point during this did the driver or any of the passengers attempt to contact police, call police, or leave information with any persons in the area for the police to contact them at a later time," according to an officer's probable-cause statement.

Police still managed to find Butel's light blue Toyota Yaris, which had front-end damage.

Butel had bloodshot, watery eyes, and a "moderate" odor of alcohol, according to police. Butel, as well as her passengers, all admitted to having run over the woman in the road.

Butel failed her sobriety tests, and she registered a .129 blood-alcohol level in a breath test.

In addition to being booked into jail on a DUI charge, Butel also faces a felony charge for failing to stay at the scene of a fatal accident.

According to the Knapp & Roberts website, the firm specializes in litigation against the makers of the diabetes drug Actos.

Butel's profile says she went to the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, but before that, graduated from medical school at the University of Arizona, and worked as a pathologist for the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office from 2006 to 2009.

A judge ordered that Butel be released from jail with electronic monitoring, pending trial.


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Joe Abrahamson
Joe Abrahamson

Jill, was thinking the same thing. Would love to see a blood test on her and find out what she was really high on...

Chris Scott England
Chris Scott England

Bad luck? Hmmm. Don't drink and drive. Hell don't drink period nothing good comes from it other than becoming a drunk whore and a felon possibly.

Jill A. Lewis
Jill A. Lewis

looks like she doing more than drinking.....

Brandi King
Brandi King

I just want to know why there was a naked lady lying in the middle of the street

Slappy
Slappy

Use the Tom Horne defense. 

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Aimee, you have such an intense stare, like you're mad-doggin' everyone. Well, anyhow, this is it for you, punkin. Medical license (if you still got it), gone. Law license, adios amigos. Maybe you should tell 'em you've been abusing Actos. And hell, we got too damn many lawyers as it is. We won't notice you're gone when you're sittin' in the Perryville pokey.

harlotsghost
harlotsghost

Her FB page might seal the case.  Social Networks have obvious disadvantages.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

Why didn't they let her remove the toothpicks holding her eyes wide open before taking the mug shot?

harlotsghost
harlotsghost

Bet the law firm is wishing they hosted their own website.  Those great hosting services take a while to kill or modify webpages when you need it most.

4azbill
4azbill

Medical degree u of a.  Law degree asu.  Employed by the county/state.  Smart.  Runs over naked woman lying in the road.  Leaves the scene.  Doesnt call police/ambulance because she's drunk/high.  Dumb.  Released with an ankle bracelet you say?  What does one have to do in Arizona to get put in jail?  Steal a loaf of bread?  Unreal.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Butel sounds like a shoe in for Arizona's next Atty General. She has the qualities that Arizonans admire most, no sense of empathy, no ethics, and a substance abuse problem. Hell, she sounds like Governor material too.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@4azbill "What does one have to do in Arizona to get put in jail?" Easy answer - use made up employment documents as an undocumented alien.  Then the county attorney will charge you with forgery so you're nonbondable and will be detained indefinitely awaiting trial. 

But if you commit murder, like Ian MacDonald is alleged to have done during in a beligerent drunken rage after getting kick out of a Scottsdale bar, you can bond out for $75,000.  Or, if you kill someone while driving drunk and leave the victim to die in the street, like Ms. Butel is alleged to have done, then you can apparently be released with just electronic monitoring.  But if you're going to cause someone's death, make sure that you are not black teenager, because then your bond will be $300,000 like 15 yerar old juvenile Ladajianna Mosley was in what everyone acknowledges was an alleged accidental shooting.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@shadeaux14 She has both a medical degree and legal degree so she is overqualified for governor in Arizona.

marcy
marcy

@JohnQ.Public 

Bail is for the purpose of ensuring someone shows up at trial, not as punishment for an alleged offense.

Who is more likely to disappear into the underbelly of society instead of showing up in court, Aimee with an ankle bracelet or a hoodlum with no more ties to the community than she can pack into a backpack?


JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@marcy And you're wrong about the sole or primary purpose of bail being to ensure that a defendant shows up at trial.  A.R.S. 13-3961 enumerates the 3 purposes of bail as follows:

A.R.S. 13-3961. Offenses not bailable; purpose; preconviction; exceptions

B. The purposes of bail and any conditions of release that are set by a judicial officer include:

1. Assuring the appearance of the accused.

2. Protecting against the intimidation of witnesses.

3. Protecting the safety of the victim, any other person or the community.

Protecting the safety of the community is one of the 3 purposes of bail.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

All sarcasm aside, as someone versed in the law you well know that racial disparity in pre-trial processing, including the setting of bail, has been a significant issue in the U.S. for 100 years as demonstrated by a number of academic studies starting in the 1970s. "Statistical analysis indicates that a number of extra-legal factors influence the imposition of bail after controlling for criminal history. In particular, minority defendants are held on bail at higher rates than other defendants. A 1997 University of Washington study found that "minority defendants and men were less likely to be released on their own recognizance than others even after controlling for differences among defendants in the severity of their crimes, prior criminal records, ties to the community and the prosecuting attorney's recommendation" (Bridges, 1997). " http://www.law.seattleu.edu/Documents/korematsu/race%20and%20criminal%20justice/Handout,%20Bail.pdf.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@marcy Understand your point and you're completely correct. A 15 year old who was born here and who has the majority of her family here (Ladajianna Mosley) is much more likely to flee than a former marine who has survival training and experience travelling all over the world (Ian MacDonald). Interesting, though, that you seem to consider Ms. Butel not to be a “hoodlum” – I’m curious as to what factors you used to make that determination.Age?Education?Gender?Skin color? The (alleged) drunk driving? Was it the fact that she was driving a Toyota Yaris which clearly isn't a "hoodlum" car? Your own bias’ seem clearly evident in your comment.

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