MIAMI — The Democratic candidate for Florida attorney general, stunned by the apparent murder-suicide of his son and ex-wife, secluded himself Tuesday while voters chose between him and his Republican challenger.
Bob Butterworth was "in shock" after being informed Monday night that his former wife had shot their only child to death and committed suicide, said Ron Villella, Butterworth's campaign manager.
"Bob and his wife, Marta, have suffered an enormous loss and are in seclusion with other family members," Villella said. "In view of what has occurred, the campaign's postelection activities have been canceled. We are sure all Floridians will understand."
Favored in Race
Butterworth, heavily favored over GOP state Rep. Jim Watt in the election, was informed of the deaths of his son, Bobby Butterworth Jr., 16, and his former wife, Saundra, 43, when he returned from an election-eve rally.