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Suspect in Chief's Killing Kept In Single Cell In Jail

Suspect in Chief's Killing Kept In Single Cell In Jail

Oregon Live via YellowBrix

January 08, 2011

RAINIER, ORE – Daniel Armaugh Butts, the 21-year-old man accused of killing Rainier Police Chief Ralph Painter, is in a solitary cell in Columbia County Jail.

A spokesperson for the jail said he’s being kept away from other prisoners because of the severity of the charges. He faces an allegation of aggravated murder, which could carry the death penalty.

Butts is accused of killing Painter with the chief’s service weapon on Wednesday at the Sound Authority, an audio store in Rainier. The Oregon medical examiner’s office said Painter died to a gunshot wound to the head. Butts, following a shootout with police, was hit in the back and hospitalized in Portland before being booked into Columbia County jail Thursday afternoon.

Painter’s body was escorted from the medical examiner’s office on Thursday in a long procession of patrol cars that brought crowds out, with a group of firefighters standing at attention as the procession passed. His body was taken to Groulx Family Mortuary. A memorial service is being planned.

At 3 p.m., Butts will be arraigned in Columbia County Circuit Court.

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