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Salt Life co-founder says gunplay led to 18-year-old woman’s shooting death in hotel room: affidavit

The 54-year-old co-founder of the Salt Life brand faced arraignment in Florida Monday in the shooting death of an 18-year-old woman — described as his girlfriend — in a Florida hotel room nearly two weeks ago.

Michael Hutto, 54, admitted to detectives to shooting Lora Grace Duncan as they were playing with a gun in the Hilton Hotel on Singer Island and then leaving her there without calling for help, according to an arrest affidavit obtained Monday.

Hutto was being held on $250,000 bail after appearing before a Palm Beach County Judge via video conference on a manslaughter and gun charge.

Mugshot for Michael Hutto, 54

Mugshot for Michael Hutto, 54
(Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office)

CO-FOUNDER OF SALT LIFE BRAND CHARGED IN FLORIDA IN 18-YEAR-OLD WOMAN’S SHOOTING DEATH

“I think I hurt my Gracie,” Hutto was quoted as telling three Rivera Beach detectives during an Oct. 28 interview in a Jacksonville Hospital where he had been taken after suffering a drug overdose. They had shown up after Duncan’s body was found.

Detective Everton Morgan said in the affidavit that after making that statement Hutto broke down in tears and cut short the interview, telling the detectives to come back the next day.

Morgan said when they showed up again, Hutto told them what happened in the hotel room.

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“Mr. Hutto stated that him and his Gracie spent time on the beach,” Morgan said in the court papers. “Mr. Hutto also stated that him and Gracie was playing inside of the hotel room as if they were shooting with their finger and a gun.”

Morgan also wrote, “Mr. Hutto went on to state that as Gracie was sitting on the counter inside of the bathroom, he pointed the gun at Gracie at which time it went off and shot her.”

The detective said that Hutto also stated that after leaving the hotel he drove in his Dodge Hellcat Charger until he ran out of gas hundreds of miles away at a St. Augustine gas station. 

Michael Hutto, 54, was taken into custody on Oct. 29 by Florida Highway Patrol in the shooting death of 18-year-old Lora Grace Duncan.

Michael Hutto, 54, was taken into custody on Oct. 29 by Florida Highway Patrol in the shooting death of 18-year-old Lora Grace Duncan.
(Florida Highway Patrol)

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It was from there that Hutto was taken to the hospital.  

The investigation began after Duncan’s father, Burton Duncan, contacted Riviera Beach police on Oct. 29 to say that he had not been able to make contact with his daughter in 48 hours.

According to Mr. Duncan his daughter was with her boyfriend, Hutto, Morgan said.

The detective said the father also believed Hutto was giving his daughter drugs to keep her sedated.

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Hutto started Salt Life in 2003 with friends. The company says Hutto and the other co-founders have not been invovled in the business since selling it a few years ago.

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Salt Life Founder Charged in Death of 18-Year-Old Woman

Michael Troy Hutto


Riviera Beach Police Department

Michael Troy Hutto

A 54-year-old founder of the popular Salt Life clothing and gear company is charged with the shooting death of 18-year-old Lora Grace Duncan, whose body was found by police in a hotel room on Singer Island in Florida after her parents called for a wellness check according to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

What the young woman was doing with the much older man is yet to be disclosed, but the Columbia County Sheriff’s office said that she willingly left that county in Central North Florida, where she lived in Lake City, to go with Michael Troy Hutto. The pair ended up in Palm Beach County on the Southern East Coast of Florida.

On October 26 Duncan’s parents reached out to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office for help with a wellness check, and she was tracked to Riveria Beach in Palm Beach County in an area called Singer Island.

According to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, they enlisted the help of Riviera Beach Police who found Duncan dead of a gunshot wound in a Hilton Hotel on Singer Island. By the time they found her it was October 29, WCJB reported.


Duncan’s Body was Found Alone In a Hotel Room But Law Enforcement Arrested Hutto at a Hospital After He Received Emergency Medical Attention

According to the Riviera Police Department, “After identifying Hutto as the suspect, he was located in Jacksonville, Florida. Hutto, found to be suffering a medical emergency, was transported to a local hospital.”

The Florida Highway Patrol arrested Hutto at South Baptist Hospital in Jacksonville on October 30 where he was escorted to a patrol car still in hospital-issued socks with no shoes. He is being held in the Duval County jail charged with manslaughter and for being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to a Duval County arrest inquiry.

Court records show Hutto has a history of driving infractions but his criminal record does not show a violent past.

However, in 2014 he was arrested for a DUI while his then 12 and 13-year-old daughters were in the car, along with two of their friends, according to court records. In 2015, after he’d sold his share of Salt Life, he was arrested for shoplifting when, according to an arrest affidavit, he put on a shirt and a pair of shorts over the ones he was already wearing and tried to walk out of a store.


In Light of Hutto’s Arrest, the Current Owners of Salt Life Posted a Statement on Facebook Distancing Themselves From Hutto.

Hutto and three friends founded the Salt Life brand in 2003, but sold the company in 2013 for nearly

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Clothing brand founder arrested after death of 18-year-old woman at Florida hotel

The founder of a clothing brand was arrested in Florida and faces a manslaughter charge after the death of an 18-year-old woman at a hotel.

Michael Troy Hutto, 54, is being held at the Duval County jail in Jacksonville following the death of Lora Grace Duncan who was found shot to death Thursday at a Hilton hotel in Palm Beach County. The Florida Highway Patrol arrested Hutto on Friday at a hospital about 280 miles away in Jacksonville.

Hutto was wearing hospital scrubs and no-slip socks when he was taken into custody, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Police have not released how Hutto, the founder of Salt Life clothing, is connected to Duncan or whether they had a relationship.

According to Salt Life, Hutto is not involved in the company anymore after selling it several years ago.

“Sadly we have learned one of Salt Life’s co-founders has been charged with a felony,” a spokesperson for the company wrote on Facebook. “Salt Life sends their utmost sympathies to the family and friends of the deceased. In 2013, the co-founders of Salt Life sold their entire business to the new owners. The co-founders have not been associated with the brand in any way since the purchase in 2013.”

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Salt Life founder Michael Hutto arrested after police find body of 18-year-old woman in hotel room

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A founder of the Salt Life clothing brand is facing a manslaughter charge in the death of an 18-year-old woman at a Florida hotel.

Michael Troy Hutto, 54, was being held without bond Sunday at the Duval County jail in Jacksonville following his arrest in connection with the death of 18-year-old Lora Grace Duncan, whose body was found Thursday at a Palm Beach County hotel. She had been shot, police said. Further details have not been released.

Hutto was arrested Friday in his hometown of Jacksonville, about 280 miles (450 kilometers) from the hotel, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Investigators have not said how they believe Hutto is connected to Duncan’s death or if they had a relationship. Duncan was from Lake City, a town 60 miles (95 kilometers) west of Jacksonville.

Hutto and some friends started Salt Life in 2003, its brand aimed at boaters, surfers and fishermen who spend time on the ocean. Hutto is credited with coming up with the name.

The company issued a statement saying Hutto has not been involved with the company since he and his partners sold the business in 2013 for almost $40 million.

Jail records do not show if Hutto has an attorney. He will be transferred to Palm Beach County, where he will face an initial court hearing and more details will be released.

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Salt Life founder Michael Hutto arrested after police find body of 18-year-old girl in hotel room

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A founder of the Salt Life clothing brand is facing a manslaughter charge in the death of an 18-year-old woman at a Florida hotel.

Michael Troy Hutto, 54, was being held without bond Sunday at the Duval County jail in Jacksonville following his arrest in connection with the death of 18-year-old Lora Grace Duncan, whose body was found Thursday at a Palm Beach County hotel. She had been shot, police said. Further details have not been released.

Hutto was arrested Friday in his hometown of Jacksonville, about 280 miles (450 kilometers) from the hotel, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Investigators have not said how they believe Hutto is connected to Duncan’s death or if they had a relationship. Duncan was from Lake City, a town 60 miles (95 kilometers) west of Jacksonville.

Hutto and some friends started Salt Life in 2003, its brand aimed at boaters, surfers and fishermen who spend time on the ocean. Hutto is credited with coming up with the name.

The company issued a statement saying Hutto has not been involved with the company since he and his partners sold the business in 2013 for almost $40 million.

Jail records do not show if Hutto has an attorney. He will be transferred to Palm Beach County, where he will face an initial court hearing and more details will be released.

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