Arraignment postponed by chief murder suspect's outburst

Arraignment postponed by chief murder suspect's outburst

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by KGW.com Staff

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Posted on January 26, 2011 at 4:49 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 26 at 6:09 PM

An arraignment for Daniel Butts on charges he murdered the Rainier police chief was postponed after he became loud and disorderly Wednesday. Attorneys also raised questions about Butts’ stability. The judge suspended the hearing after about eight minutes.

Last week, a grand jury charged the 21-year-old man with taking a firearm from Rainier Police Chief Ralph Painter and then shooting him to death. He's been charged  with aggravated murder, which could carry the death penalty.

The indictment accuses Butts of multiple counts, including theft of the weapon, which was described as a pistol.

Butts has been held without bail on murder charges since the shooting in the northwest Oregon town on Jan. 5.

Painter was shot at a car stereo shop where he'd gone to investigate a report of an attempted car theft.

District Attorney Stephen Atchison said he'd decide later whether to seek the death penalty.

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