Former Bakersfield man charged in shooting death ruled unfit for trial

BAKERSFIELD Calif. - A man with Bakersfield ties charged in the shooting death of a Broadwater County sheriff's deputy last year has been deemed unfit to stand trial but could be with medication, according to Doctors at the Montana State Hospital.

The Independent Record reports District Judge Kathy Seeley on Thursday found 62-year-old Lloyd Barrus was not able to help with his defense against a charge of accessory to deliberate homicide in the May 2017 death of Deputy Mason Moore.

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Judge Kathy Seeley ordered the state hospital to develop a treatment plan for Barrus. If he continues to refuse to take prescribed medication, the hospital can seek a court order.

Prosecutors believe Barrus' son, Marshall, killed Moore and that both men shot at other pursuing officers during a "suicide mission" along Interstate 90. Marshall Barrus was shot and killed by officers east of Missoula.

Information from: Independent Record, http://www.helenair.com

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