Ore police chief killing suspect ruled impaired

first_imgST. HELENS, Ore. — A Washington state man accused of killing the Rainier, Ore., police chief in 2011 is mentally impaired and can’t assist with his defense, a judge ruled Wednesday.Circuit Judge Ted Grove ordered that Daniel Butts, 23, of Kalama, Wash., be sent to the Oregon state mental hospital to be treated and forcibly medicated until he is fit to return to Columbia County for trial, The Daily News of Longview reported.Butts is charged with aggravated murder in the fatal shooting of Chief Ralph Painter on Jan. 5, 2011, after Painter responded to a report of a suspicious person at a car stereo shop.Defense lawyers said in hearings last week that Butts is psychotic and won’t meet with them or help make decisions. Prosecutors argue Butts is faking illness.Grove cited the defendant’s childlike behavior and focus on such trivial matters as whether he can smoke or have a cheeseburger. The judge also noted Butts’ “bizarre or grotesque” grimaces and movements during the three days of mental competency hearings.last_img read more