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Butts Trial Date

Posted on 31st October 2017 at 09:15

It’s been nearly seven years since Rainier Police Chief Ralph Painter was shot and killed as he responded to a car theft report at Rainier Sound Authority, but it now looks like the case could finally go to trial. The Columbia County Spotlight reports that a trial date is tentatively set for spring of 2019, while Daniel Butts of Kalama continues to be held in the Oregon State Hospital. A hearing was recently held in Columbia County Circuit Court, where a tentative trial date was set. Butts has been under mental health examination and treatment since Painter’s murder back on January 4th, 2011. It’s claimed that Butts fought Painter as the chief responded to a car theft call. During that struggle, they say that Butts got hold of Painter’s gun, and then shot him to death. Butts was declared mentally unfit to stand trial, and a judge ordered that he be forcibly medicated. At this most recent hearing, they discussed trial dates between February and April of 2019; one member of the team says that they will be tied up in other capital punishment trials until 2019. A mental competency hearing is also planned for February 6th of next year. Butts could face the death penalty if he’s convicted.