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Published on Saturday December 24, 2011 - 12:26 AM
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ST. HELENS, Oregon - A psychiatrist has testified that a man accused of killing the Rainier police chief suffers from a serious mental disorder.

Dr. Jerry Larsen testified Thursday at a competency hearing for 22-year-old Daniel Butts of Kalama, Wash.

The hearing will resume next year with concluding arguments. No date has been set.

A forensic psychologist previously testified for the prosecution that Butts is not mentally ill and is competent to stand trial, despite his strange behavior,

Butts could face the death penalty if eventually convicted of killing Rainier Police Chief Ralph Painter. If he's found incompetent to help in his defense, he would be sent to the state mental hospital.