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Butts Hearing

Posted on 27th January 2011 at 09:25

The formal arraignment of 21 year-old Daniel Butts of Kalama in Columbia County Circuit Court had to be put off, after the defendant became disruptive and interrupted his lawyers on several occasions. Butts was supposed to be arraigned on 24 counts connected to the January 5th shooting of Rainier Police Chief Ralph Painter; he demanded that all 24 counts be read to him, even though he had a paper copy in front of him. During the brief video-linked hearing, Butts also complained that his guards were making too much noise, and he bantered several times with his court appointed attorneys. The Deputies guarding Butts put him back in his chair, then stood behind him for the duration of the hearing. Butts’ attorneys told Judge Ted Grove that it’s clear that there was a “problem,” and the hearing was adjourned a short time later. Now, Butts’ attorneys, District Attorney Stephen Atchison and Judge Grove must meet to set another time for the arraignment. It’s also possible that a mental evaluation might be requested. Butts is charged with aggravated murder, attempted aggravated murder, robbery, burglary, reckless endangerment and car theft in the January 5th incident.