Lloyd Barrus, charged in connection with the murder of Broadwater County Sheriff's Deputy Mason Moore in 2016, has been found unfit to stand trial.
Barrus appeared for a hearing Thursday in Broadwater County District Court.
According to an Order of Commitment, an examination of Barrus’ mental health found that he suffers from multiple disorders that have left him unfit to stand trial.
Doctors at the Montana State Hospital say Barrus suffers from Persecutory Type Delusional Disorder, Mixed Personality Disorder, and Alcohol and Marijuana Use Disorders of unknown severity.
The court order says that the diagnosis of Delusional Disorder leave Barrus unfit for future criminal proceedings, including trial.
Court records state that Barrus has refused medications to treat his disorder and without them, he will likely remain unfit to stand trial, but add that he has responded to past treatment and that the criminal trial could proceed in the future if his condition improves.
Judge Kathy Seeley also ordered that Barrus be committed, and all future proceedings suspended.
The Montana State Hospital has been ordered to develop a treatment plan for Barrus that could allow the case to continue.
Barrus’ son Marshall is accused of fatally shooting Deputy Moore during on May 16, 2017. Lloyd and Marshall Barrus then led officers on a nearly 150-mile chase that ended just east of Missoula.
Marshall was fatally wounded in a gunfight with officers.
Lloyd Barrus faces five charges including deliberate homicide by accountability, two counts of attempted deliberate homicide, assault on a peace officer, and unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Prosecutors had said that they intended to seek the death penalty.