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Butts Ruling Delayed

Posted on 16th April 2018 at 09:02

It’s going to be several more weeks before a Columbia County judge will rule on the mental competency of the man who’s accused of shooting and killing Rainier Police Chief Ralph Painter back in January of 2011. Daniel Butts of Kalama was in Columbia County District Court last Thursday, where defense attorneys challenged many of the contentions being made by prosecutors regarding the mental state of the defendant. Attorney Patrick Sweeney accuses District Attorney Jeff Auxier of “misconstruing or altering” statements that are in the evidence queue. Auxier contends that his office’s positions are legal and proper arguments, and are completely accurate. He also says that the statements are “positions, not facts,” and he claims that they are appropriate for arguing his case. District Court Judge Ted Grove says that he needs more time to consider Auxier’s arguments before making a ruling on the competency of Butts, who continues to be held in the Oregon State Hospital in Salem.