ITHACA, N.Y. — An Ithaca attorney charged with felonies for first-degree perjury and tampering with physical evidence was arraigned at Ithaca City Court Tuesday afternoon.

Jeffery W. Butcher, 53, was released on his own recognizance following the arraignment.

According to court documents, Butcher lied on the stand around 3 p.m. on May 2 in the Tompkins County Family Court. He allegedly said in court that he did not use a Tracfone to report drugs in a white Hyundai at the airport to a Tompkins County 911 dispatcher.

New York State Police said newly presented evidence — which reportedly includes the recorded 911 call, a recorded phone call between Butcher and another person, and a sworn affidavit from a person about a conversation she had with Butcher regarding the incident — suggests that the attorney did in fact place the call.

The tampering with physical evidence charge is based out of the village of Lansing court, which was closed late Tuesday afternoon. The Ithaca Voice was unable to obtain a copy of the accusatory for that charge, but Acting District Attorney Andrew Bonavia confirmed that Butcher was also arraigned on the felony Tuesday.

This is a developing story.  

Jolene Almendarez

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