Psych results in: Accused murderer will stand trial

KAMLOOPS - A man accused of the only murder in Kamloops in 2014 was deemed fit for trial by a Provincial Court Judge Wednesday afternoon after results of a court-ordered psychiatric assessment.

On April 15, Judge Stephen Harrison announced Christopher Frank Butler will stand trial on a second-degree murder charge. 

Butler was charged after Deanne Wheeler, 26, was found dead in a Cherry Avenue apartment on Dec. 30, 2014.

Details of the psychiatric exam are now protected by court order. In a hearing last month, Butler told court he should not be charged with murder because he “slaughtered a demon” and had a mental disorder. He also claimed to be the lion in the coat of arms. Judge Roy Dickey ordered the assessment to determine if Butler was fit for trial.

Before departing the courtroom yesterday, Butler kissed a pendant hanging from a chain on his neck, and spanked his rear end.

The accused who was previously representing himself, recently retained Sheldon Tate as his lawyer.

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