Man accused in police chief's death disrupts court

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Daniel A. Butts appeared in court during his arraignment Wednesday afternoon via a video feed. He was removed from the room after several outbursts.

ST. HELENS, Ore. – The man accused of killing the city of Rainier’s police chief got so disruptive during his arraignment on aggravated murder charges Wednesday afternoon it was postponed and he was escorted out of the room.

Daniel A. Butts, the man accused of shooting and killing police Chief Ralph Painter Jan. 5 at a car stereo store in Rainier, appeared in court via a video feed from jail.

“No there is no question about my fitness to proceed,” Butts said. “I am perfectly apt and able to perform in court, and I would like to hear the last count again. We’re going over the charges and I would just like to hear them. Also, I would appreciate it if you would instruct everyone in this room to be quiet so I can hear what you’re telling me, your honor sir.”

Butts wanted the judge to read the entire indictment against him and was angry because he couldn’t hear the judge. Then he was taken out of the room by Columbia County sheriff’s deputies.

Butts faces multiple charges, including aggravated murder, attempted murder and robbery.