Nfld. & Labrador

Lyndon Butler, acquitted in 2011 shooting death, released on bail

The 29-year-old was arrested by the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary after a vehicle search allegedly turned up a handgun.

29-year-old arrested Friday after police allegedly found handgun in his vehicle

Lyndon Butler, 29, has been granted bail and will remain under conditions. (Eddy Kennedy/CBC)

A man who was once at the centre of a high-profile St. John's trial and was later acquitted of murder has been released from custody on bail.

Lyndon Butler, 29, is facing eight gun-related charges including possessing a handgun while prohibited from doing so, possessing a loaded firearm or a firearm with accessible ammunition, possessing a handgun without a licence, and possessing a handgun for a purpose dangerous to the public.

He was arrested Friday after a vehicle search at an RNC checkpoint in Conception Bay South on Thanksgiving weekend.

Butler posted $5,000 and has a surety.

He has been placed under a recognizance with conditions which include a curfew of 7 p.m., a mandatory daily check-in with the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, and a ban on having a cellphone/tablet.

Butler is not allowed to leave the province, consume drugs or be in possession of any weapons.

He was arrested on Friday during a police traffic operation and was held until his bail hearing on Thursday.

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