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Kamloops, B.C., man found fit to stand trial over murder of ex-girlfriend

04/16/2015 01:23 EDT | Updated 06/29/2015 02:59 EDT
KAMLOOPS, B.C. - A man accused of killing his estranged girlfriend last December in Kamloops, B.C., has been found mentally fit to stand trial.

Under the watch of two sheriffs, Christopher Butler appeared briefly Wednesday in a Kamloops provincial court, almost a month after being ordered by a judge to undergo a psychiatric assessment.

Butler is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 26-year-old Deanne Wheeler whose body was found in a Kamloops apartment on Dec. 30.

His psychiatric assessment has been completed and doctors found him fit to stand trial.

During earlier court appearances, Butler made incoherent statements about God and religion and become fixated on the coat of arms in the courtroom.

Butler and Wheeler had been involved in a romantic relationship in the past, but were not together at the time of her death. He is due back in court on May 11.

(Kamloops This Week)