Appeals Court Upholds Bigamy Conviction of Man Married in Sevierville

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- A Mississippi appeals court has upheld the bigamy conviction of a man, rejecting his arguments that he wasn't subject to Mississippi law because his second marriage took place in Tennessee.

David Butt was convicted in Mississippi's Forrest County in 2006 of bigamy and other charges and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

According to the court record, Butt and Margaret Corley were married in 1999 in Sevierville, Tennessee, where they stayed for a week.

Later, police discovered that David Butt was actually David Burnett, who was from Florida and had been missing since 1998. David Burnett had been married to Pamela Dwyer for almost 10 years when, in 1998, he mysteriously disappeared while out on a shrimp boat.

In 2002, because he never returned, Pam had a court declare David dead, thereby ending their marriage.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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