Butts records release delayed once again
- Stover E. Harger III
- South County Spotlight - News
The public release of a mental health evaluation that will be used to determine if Daniel A. Butts, accused of murdering Rainier Police Chief Ralph Painter, is fit to stand trial was delayed again Sept. 27.
Butts' attorneys, citing specific portions of a sealed April 2 Oregon State Hospital report they believe should be redacted before its release, requested a continuation of a previous protective order on the matter. Another protective order hearing is scheduled for Nov. 1.
Judge Ted Grove said he still intends to release the psychological report - with possible redactions - at least one week prior to an already scheduled Nov. 17 hearing where he will decide if Butts is mentally fit to face his numerous charges in court.
Butts, 21, from Kalama, Wash., faces the death penalty if convicted of aggravated murder.