Kamloops man who killed ex-girlfriend drops mental disorder defence
By Ashley Legassic
(JENNIFER STAHN / iNFOnews.ca)
May 31, 2016 - 12:26 PM
KAMLOOPS - The Kamloops man who pled guilty to killing his ex-girlfriend will be sentenced this summer, after dropping his application of not being criminally responsible due to mental illness.
Christopher Frank Butler's lawyer Jay Michi confirmed his client would be back in Kamloops Supreme Court July 11, but it will be for a sentencing hearing.
On Dec. 30, 2014, police found the body of Deanne Wheeler in Christopher Butler's apartment in the North Shore. He was arrested shortly after, and in August he confessed to killing Wheeler, claiming his ex-girlfriend was a demon.
In a previous court appearance, Crown prosecutor Alex Janse said Butler convinced Wheeler to come over to his place on Dec. 30, 2014 under the guise of platonic friendship. Shortly after she arrived, Janse said Butler choked Wheeler with a wire before hitting her in the head with a rock and stabbing her seven times.
Butler pleaded guilty to his murder charge Aug. 5, 2015 and was representing himself up until last fall.
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