Travis Boys, who smuggled
excrement into a courtroom and smeared it on his face, will stand trial
in the 2015 shooting of Officer Daryl Holloway
By Kevin McGill
NEW ORLEANS — Jury selection begins anew
Wednesday for a man who smuggled excrement into a New Orleans courtroom
and smeared it on his face and head — short-circuiting his trial in the
death of a New Orleans police officer.
Travis Boys has since been
judged mentally competent to stand trial on a first-degree murder charge
in the 2015 shooting of officer Daryl Holloway.
District Judge Karen Herman, who ordered a mental evaluation for Boys
after the feces-smearing incident, has since declared that Boys
"hijacked" the proceedings with his stunt. "He will no longer be allowed
to control these proceedings," Herman told the defense at a November
Boys is believed to have smuggled the feces into the
courthouse when he was transferred from the New Orleans jail. He had
used a bag from the lockup's commissary, according to testimony from a
Sheriff's Office attorney. It was apparently secreted away in his
underwear and was undetected when he changed from prison garb into a
suit for jury selection. Boys' defense attorney, who had pushed to have
his client ruled incompetent, described seeing Boys smear feces on his
face and head and even eating it from his fingers.
Boys has pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity.
was fatally shot as he transported Boys to jail after an earlier
arrest. Police said they believe the gun police was smuggled into the
police SUV that Holloway was driving. Police said the suspect was
handcuffed 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 following day.
In October, 2015, a former police
officer pleaded guilty to malfeasance and obstruction of justice charges
related to Holloway's death. Wardell Johnson is awaiting sentencing in
the case. Police said he failed to adequately pat down Boys following
the arrest that led to Holloway's shooting, and tried to cover up his
shoddy police work.