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Mar 13, 2013 at 6:41 AM PDT

ST. HELENS, Ore. (AP) — A Washington state man charged with killing the Rainier, Ore., police chief in 2011 has been transferred from jail to the Oregon state mental hospital in Salem.

Columbia County, Ore., Sheriff Jeff Dickerson...
Mar 12, 2013 at 12:53 PM PDT
A Washington state man charged with killing the Rainier, Ore., police chief in 2011 has been transferred from jail to the Oregon state mental hospital in Salem.
Feb 27, 2013 at 4:48 PM PDT
Accused cop-killer Daniel Butts is not mentally competent to go to trial, a judge decided on Wednesday. The decision delays proceedings against Butts, 23, indefinitely and sends him back to a state mental hospital until he is able to assist in his own defense.
Feb 20, 2013 at 5:24 PM PDT
Prosecutors wanted the judge to see Wednesday that Daniel Butts is ready for trial and that he’s very aware of what's going on.
Jan 10, 2013 at 12:00 AM PDT
It's been two years since Rainier police Chief Ralph Painter was killed in the line of duty and his family is still waiting for closure.
Apr 5, 2012 at 5:00 PM PDT
Daniel Butts, the man accused of shooting and killing Rainier’s police chief, is heading back to the Oregon State Hospital. A judge determined that Butts needs further mental evaluation to see if he’s fit to stand trial.
Feb 8, 2012 at 4:19 PM PDT
Daniel Butts is accused of shooting Ralph Painter after gaining control of Painter's gun during a struggle.
Feb 2, 2012 at 3:57 PM PDT
A Columbia County judge decided Thursday afternoon that a man accused of shooting and killing Rainier's police chief is fit to stand trial.
Jan 5, 2012 at 9:32 PM PDT
The beloved small-town police chief was gunned down a year ago. And on the anniversary of his murder, friends and family came together to honor him.
Jan 3, 2012 at 9:39 PM PDT
A Columbia County judge said he will wait two weeks before deciding whether the man accused of shooting and killing Rainier's police chief will go to trial or to the state mental hospital instead.
Dec 29, 2011 at 12:35 PM PDT
The year started with a police chief being shot and killed and ended with an unusually dry December. Take a look at back at the big local stories that made headlines in 2011.
Dec 22, 2011 at 4:45 PM PDT
The judge made no decision Thursday on whether the man charged with killing a beloved Oregon police chief is mentally fit for trial.
Dec 21, 2011 at 7:16 PM PDT
The man accused of murdering Rainier, Ore. Police Chief Ralph Painter could face the death penalty if he goes to trial, but the lawyers representing Daniel Butts say he’s not mentally fit to help them prepare his defense.
Nov 1, 2011 at 9:32 PM PDT
A judge has changed his mind, saying the mental records of a Kalama, Wash., man accused of killing an Oregon police chief won't be released before a Nov. 17 competency hearing.
Oct 24, 2011 at 7:25 AM PDT
A police chief who was killed in the line of duty was honored Monday by having a portion of Highway 30 named after him.