Monday, 18 November, 2019


Suspect in NOPD police officer killing declared incompetent to stand trial

Suspect in NOPD police officer killing declared incompetent to stand trial Suspect in NOPD police officer killing declared incompetent to stand trial
Bennie Garza | 19 October, 2017, 22:43

Criminal District Court Judge Karen Herman found alleged cop-killer Travis Boys incompetent for trial on Thursday, a day after Boys smeared feces and ate it in the middle of jury selection.

Boys faces a charge of first-degree murder for shooting to death New Orleans Police Officer Daryle Holloway in 2015.

On Thursday, Boys was examined by psychologists and deemed unfit for trial.

However, Assistant District Attorney Inga Petrovich said Sothern had never raised the issue of entering a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity until this summer.

But a courtroom source said that after Boys returned to his seat after a bathroom break Wednesday afternoon, he pulled a napkin out of his pocket and began rubbing feces all over his head and face.

All of the potential jurors in the case were dismissed, with the exception of a small group that was in Herman's chambers during the incident.

"He was between us, less than a foot away from each of us".

Petrovich: "You think that eating feces is bad?".

It was then that the judge saw was happening, Sothern said, and emptied the courtroom. Sothern requested a competency hearing, and Herman granted it.

Belfield said he believed that Boys was putting on an act for jurors.

Matthew Vogel, a staff attorney with the Orleans Public Defenders, said Boys was next of kin for both of his relatives. Boys later told Sothern, "he could see me talking but he couldn't hear me".

To be declared mentally competent, defendants are supposed to be able to demonstrate an understanding of the court proceedings and the ability the assist their defense.

"These were genuine reactions". She put Dr. Rafael Salcedo on the stand, who the judge previously appointed to assess Boys' sanity.

"Every element of planning and orchestration to it, and it was done for a very specific goal, that is to avoid prosecution", Salcedo said.

In a lengthy argument to the court, Sothern said the feces incident dovetailed with earlier findings of a forensic psychiatrist who said Boys has an intellectually disability and signs of psychosis.

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