Friday, January 11, 2013
Pine Lawn Police said Tripp, a man convicted of dumping Valerie Butler's dead body, drove up to 130 mph trying to escape the police.
A Florissant man who was just released from jail in September is accused of leading police on a drunken high-speed chase Thursday morning that ended in Hazelwood. Authorities say Paul Alan Tripp, 28, sped away from them during a traffic stop around 3:00 a.m. Pine Lawn Police chased Tripp on Interstate 70 to I-270 and then to Highway 370 before he crashed in the City of Hazelwood at Aubuchon and Missouri Bottom Roads. Pine Lawn Police Officer John Bernsen said Tripp drove at speeds near 130 mph before he crashed into farmland and was then taken into custody. He was charged with Felony DWI, resisting arrest and Careless and Imprudent Driving charges. Bail was set at $40,000. This is reportedly his fourth DWI. Authorities say they plan to …
Friday, February 10, 2012
Florissant resident Paul Tripp got that sentence for abandonment of a corpse, which is an addition to his previous five-year sentence.
Almost one year to the day that Valerie Butler died, the man responsible for dumping her body in a field in Bridgeton has been sentenced. St. Louis County Circuit Court Judge Steven Goldman sentenced Florissant resident Paul Tripp to two years in prison for abandoning Butler’s body early last year. He pleaded guilty to the charge last month. More than 10 people, including her fiancé, family and friends, gathered in the back of the courtroom wearing “In Loving Memory of Valerie Butler” T-shirts to hear the sentence Friday morning. Butler’s cousin, Jessica Francis, spoke on behalf of her family to the judge before he carried out sentencing. “Valerie was an amazing person,” she said to the judge. “She was not a piece of garbage. She did not …
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Paul Tripp, who is accused of dumping the body of a Maryland Heights woman, will spend five years incarcerated after having his probation revoked.
Paul Tripp, who is accused of abandoning the body of Valerie Butler, will spend the next five years incarcerated. The St. Louis County Attorney's office told Patch that Tripp's probation was revoked. CaseNet confirmed Tripp received probation after pleading guilty to a drug charge last December in St. Charles County. The court revoked that probation, and he was then sentenced to five years incarceration in July. Tripp is scheduled to have a pretrial conference for the corpse abandonment charge on Aug. 12.
Monday, June 20, 2011
Paul Tripp, who is accused of abandoning the body of a Maryland Heights woman last seen alive in Florissant, is scheduled to appear next in court on July 29.
Paul Tripp, who is accused of abandoning the corpse of Valerie Butler, had his pre-trial conference postponed on June 16. He was scheduled to appear in court on June 17 but is now scheduled to appear on July 29, according to Case.net. This is the second time Tripp's pre-trial conference was rescheduled. He was scheduled originally for the conference on May 20. Tripp was arrested in March for abandoning the body of Valerie Butler, a Maryland Heights woman who had been missing since February. Butler had last been seen at Handlebars Bar in Florissant. Patch previously reported St. Louis County prosecuting attorney's office was keeping Butler's autopsy report sealed for at least the next month.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
St. Louis County Prosecutor's Office says the case remains pending on woman who went missing in Florissant.
The St. Louis County Medical Examiner's report on the body of Valerie Butler is still being kept under wraps. Maryland Heights Patch received a response to a records request from St. Louis County Forensic Administrator Suzanne McCune explaining that the Prosecuting Attorney's Office "has indicated that this matter is still pending with their office and is not expected to be resolved within the next 30 days." Butler, who was from Maryland Heights, was found dead in March. Paul Tripp is accused of abandoning her corpse. His next court hearing is set for Friday.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Paul Tripp is scheduled to have a pre-trial conference June 17.
Paul Tripp, who is accused of abandoning the corpse of Maryland Heights woman Valerie Butler, is scheduled to have a pre-trial conference on June 17. Tripp's original court date was rescheduled, according to information obtained from Missouri's CaseNet system. Tripp's court hearing is planned for 9 a.m. before Judge Steven H. Goldman.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Police cite three facts to back up their suspicions that Paul Tripp abandoned Valerie Butler's corpse in early February.
Florissant Police arrested Paul A. Tripp on March 13 for abandonment of a corpse. Authorities suspect he abandoned the body of Valerie Butler, a Maryland Heights woman who went missing in early February. Thanks to the probable cause statement, provided by the St. Louis County Prosecutor's office, Patch has more information on the arrest. Officials believe Tripp abandoned Butler's body on Feb. 11. Police cite three facts to support that belief: Tripp is already serving a five-year probation sentence for drug charges, according to Missouri's Case Net system, which he pleaded guilty to in 2010.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Paul Tripp has been arrested for abandonment of a corpse.
On Sunday afternoon, the Florissant police announced the arrest of Paul A. Tripp in connection to the Valerie Butler investigation. On Friday, according to KSDK reports, authorities labeled Tripp as a person of interest in the case. The body of Valerie Butler, a Maryland Heights woman who went missing in early February, was discovered in Bridgeton on March 3. Tripp has been charged with abandonment of a corpse, and his bond has been set at $50,000. He's been transferred to the St. Louis County jail, according to a press release.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Florissant Police confirmed Thursday afternoon a body found in Bridgeton was that of missing woman.
Updated at 5 p.m. The Florissant Police Department announced late Thursday afternoon that a body found near Prouhet Farm Road and Ferguson Lane in Bridgeton was that of Valerie Butler. Police discovered the body of a female in the late morning hours Thursday and had not been able to positively ID the body until late afternoon. The police identified Butler after matching her fingerprints. Butler has been missing since Feb. 11. Maryland Heights Patch previously reported Butler was last seen at the Handlebars in Florissant. Florissant Police said an immediate cause of death was unclear. The St. Louis County Medical Examiner's Office will conduct an autopsy.