Trial in police officer 2015 death nearing its end

NEW ORLEANS – The first degree murder trial of a man accused of killing a New Orleans police officer in 2015 is nearing its end.

Defense attorneys for Travis Boys wrapped up their case Thursday. New Orleans news media report that the prosecution rebuttal witnesses and evidence were presented Friday, when the prosecutors asked for against the defense lawyers’ contention that Boys, is mentally ill. The boys pleaded not guilty and not guilty because of insanity.

It was unclear whether the district court judge Karen Herman would have jurors deliberate Friday or delay of the start of the discussions until Saturday.

If convicted, the Boys would be serving life in prison for the death of Officer Daryle Holloway. Holloway was shot in a police SUV in June 2015 and he was transporting the Boys to the jail after an earlier arrest.

The boys escaped to the SUV. He was caught the next day after an intensive manhunt.

The police said that they believe the Boys smuggled the gun in the police car. She said that the defendant was shackled, but somehow got his hands in front of his body, shot Holloway and escaped the vehicle, which crashed into a utility pole.

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 Guys after his arrest, and tried to cover up his sloppy police work.

The boys were set for trial in October. But he brought an abrupt end to the selection of the jury in that procedure by lubricating his head and face with excrements, he had smuggled into the courtroom.

Herman, who ordered a mental evaluation for Boys after the feces-smearing incident, later declared as the Boys responsible for the process and said that he was “hijacked” the proceedings with his stunt. “He will no longer be allowed to control this process,” Herman told the defense at a November hearing.

Jurors were selected last week. Testimony began after opening statements on Monday.

Holloway’s body camera was on when he was shot. Media accounts of Tuesday’s testimony to say a New Orleans police lieutenant walked jurors through the video recording to point to pictures of Holloway on his arm, trying to take control of the gun used in the shooting. Also captured the sounds of a struggle, Boys screaming “Let me out, before you kill yourself,” and a shot.

Defense attorneys focused on Boys’ mental capacity, the eliciting of testimony of an expert who testified that an IQ test he took as a teenager indicated “border retardation,” and a sister who said: the Boys had trouble remembering basic information.

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