NOLA.COM – KEN DALEY/PHOTO CREDIT: ORLEANS PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE
Travis Boys, charged with killing a New Orleans police officer in 2015, halted jury selection in his first-degree murder trial late Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 18) when he rubbed feces on his face, head and mouth in the courtroom, according to two law enforcement sources.
Boys, 35, has pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity to the charge that he murdered NOPD Officer Daryle Holloway during an escape from custody on June 20, 2015. A jury was being impaneled Wednesday for a trial expected to open testimony next Monday.
Orleans Parish prosecutor Taylor Anthony was at the podium questioning the day’s second panel of prospective jurors when the incident occurred around 4 p.m.
As the prosecutor spoke, Boys, seated at the defense table between attorneys Billy Sothern and Matthew Vogel, pulled from his suit pocket excrement that he had wrapped in a napkin, apparently during an earlier restroom break. He began rubbing the feces on his face and head without saying a word.
The New Orleans Advocate reported that Boys was declared incompetent for trial ‘at this time’ following the incident.