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Story by Sandy Kromeir - The Oregon Herald
Published on Wednesday February 9, 2011 - 10:12 PM
 
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ST. HELENS, Ore. – Columbia County judge is sending the man accused of killing Rainier Police Chief Ralph Painter to the Oregon State Mental hospital for mental evaluation. This followed after the defense attorney said they believe defendant Daniel A. Butts may be psychotic or schizophrenic, or both.

The order was issued this afternoon during a hearing at the Columbia County Jail. Butts is accused of shooting Chief Painter on January 5th, 2011. His lawyer said Butts is very difficult to work with and Sheriff's deputies were forced to use a Taser on him.

District Attorney Steve Atchison questioned the opinion of the two doctors, indicating it demonstrates Butts might simply have a mental illness.

"Delay is never our friend. Let me put it that way," he said. "I don't want to speak for family members, but I would be upset or at least concerned if that were to happen."

However, the judge suspended any more hearings until Butts gets evaluated. Painter's family was at Wednesday's hearing and said they're just taking all of it one day at a time.