The man charged in the murder of a Broadwater County Sheriff’s Deputy last year is declared unfit to stand trial.
At a hearing Thursday before Lewis and Clark County District Judge Kathy Seeley, the state attorney general’s office agreed with the evaluation from the Montana State Hospital that Lloyd Barrus is unfit to stand trial due to years of mental health issues that date back some 18 years.
Doctors who evaluated the 62-year old determined Barrus suffers from a delusional disorder.
Judge Seeley ordered that Barrus be committed to the Montana Department of Health and Human Services for further evaluation and treatment.
The judge set a new hearing for September 7th to review Barrus’ status.
Barrus and his son Marshall, are accused in the May 2017 killing of Broadwater County Deputy Mason Moore near Three Forks.
The two men then led officers on a 150-mile chase that ended along Interstate-90 east of Missoula.
Marshall Barrus was shot and killed in the gun fight with officers, while Lloyd Barrus was captured.
Lloyd Barrus is charged with five felonies, including deliberate homicide by accountability.
Prosecutors had planned to seek the death penalty in the case..