Brian Brush

July hearing set for ex-Medford officer facing murder charge

A July 22 hearing has been scheduled to determine whether a former Medford police officer is competent to stand trial on a murder charge.

Police in the Washington coastal town of Long Beach say Brian Brush shot 45-year-old Lisa Bonney in broad daylight last September, during an annual classic car rally that draws thousands of people to the Long Beach Peninsula.

A psychiatrist at a Washington state psychiatric hospital recently completed an evaluation of Brush's competency, but prosecutors declined to discuss the results.

An evaluation at the same hospital last fall found Brush competent to stand trial. His defense attorney questioned the validity of that assessment.

Brush, the owner of Roseburg-based North River Boats, is lodged at the Washington State Correctional Institute.

Brush was a patrol officer for the Medford Police Department from 1988 until July 1994, when he left the force for an unspecified medical disability, Medford police Deputy Chief Tim George has said.

— Wire and staff reports

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