Psychiatric evaluation results postponed in Kamloops murder case

Deanne Wheeler, 26, was found dead in Christopher Butler's apartment Dec. 30, 2014.
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KAMLOOPS - A judge’s decision remains in limbo while the court awaits psychiatric evaluation results for a Kamloops man who admitted to killing his ex-girlfriend last year.

Last month, Christopher Frank Butler pleaded guilty in Kamloops Supreme Court to the second-degree murder of his ex-girlfriend, Deanne Wheeler, 26.

Justice Keith Bracken ordered a psychiatric assessment on Butler after the accused said he didn’t kill Wheeler, but rather the demon that possessed her. The results were due yesterday, Aug. 31, but the case was adjourned to Sept. 28.

When Butler returns to court a judge will either accept his plea, find him not criminally responsible because of a mental disorder or order a trial. 

Before his guilty plea, Butler acted as his own lawyer and pursued a defence to suggest he was not criminally responsible because he allegedly suffered from a mental disorder at the time of Wheeler’s death. A previous psychiatric assessment found him fit to stand trial.

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