Defense appeals medication order in trial over deputy death

May 17, 2019 GMT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Defense attorneys for a man charged with his alleged role in the shooting death of a Montana sheriff’s deputy are appealing a judge’s order that he be forcibly medicated so he is fit to stand trial.

Attorneys for 63-year-old Lloyd Barrus argue District Judge Kathy Seeley misapplied a law and court ruling governing forced medication. Barrus is charged with accountability to deliberate homicide in the May 2017 death of Broadwater County Deputy Mason Moore.

Defense attorneys argue the Montana Supreme Court should overturn Seeley’s order because Barrus faces a lengthy civil commitment if he is unfit to stand trial, so he would not go unpunished.


They also argue his psychosis has gone untreated for so long it is unlikely to respond to medication and forcibly medicating him would reinforce his delusions that he has been persecuted by the government.