Michael Troy Hutto, 54, appeared in court via videolink Monday in Palm Beach County, where a judge set bond at $255,000. In addition to manslaughter, Hutto is also charged with possession of a weapon during a felony.
Riviera Beach police responded to the hotel October 29 and found a woman’s body with a gunshot wound to the stomach, the affidavit says. The room was rented in Hutto’s name, it said, with his ID, phone, wallet and belongings still inside.
Detectives located Hutto at the hospital in Jacksonville, where he had been taken the previous day after asking for help at a gas station while shaking and “making delusional comments,” the affidavit said.
When detectives spoke to Hutto in the hospital, he told them he thought he hurt “Gracie” and began to cry, the affidavit said. He said they had been in the hotel room playing “as if they were shooting with their finger and a gun” when he pointed a gun at Gracie and it went off. He said he left the room and drove until he ran out of gas, the arrest affidavit said.
CNN has reached out to Hutto’s public defender but has not heard back.
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