NEW ORLEANS – Jury selection begins Wednesday for a man who smuggled feces in a New Orleans courtroom and put it on his face and head — short-circuit of his trial in the death of a New Orleans police officer.
Travis Boys has been judged mentally competent to stand trial on first-degree murder charges in 2015 the shooting of officer Daryl Holloway.
District court judge Karen Herman, who ordered a mental evaluation for Boys after the feces-smearing incident, has since been declared that the Boys “hijacked” the proceedings with his stunt. “He will no longer be allowed to control this process,” Herman told the defense at a November hearing.
Boys is believed to have smuggled the stool in the court when he was transferred from the New Orleans prison. He had a bag of the lock-up’s in the netherlands, according to the testimony of a Sheriff’s Office lawyer. It was apparently secreted away in his underwear and was undetected when he changed from prison garb into a suit for the selection of the jury. Boys lawyer, who had pushed for his client is ruled incompetent, has described the Boys smear feces on his face and head and even the food from his fingers.
The boys pleaded not guilty and not guilty because of insanity.
Holloway was fatally shot as he transported the Boys to the jail after an earlier arrest. The police said that they believe that the gun of the police was being smuggled into the police SUV that Holloway was driving. The police said the suspect was cuffed, but somehow got his hands in front of his body, shot Holloway and escaped the SUV, which crashed into a utility pole. Boys was found and arrested the next day.
In October 2015, a former police officer pleaded guilty to the crime and obstruction of justice charges in connection with Holloway’s death. Wardell Johnson is awaiting sentencing in the case. The police said that he was not adequately pat down the Boys after the arrest led to Holloway’s shooting, and tried to cover up his sloppy police work.