NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Shackled and wearing a bulletproof vest, Travis Boys appeared in court Tuesday.
Tuesday's court appearance comes one day after a grand jury indicted Boys. He's accused of shooting and killing a Officer Daryle Holloway, a 22-year veteran of the New Orleans Police Department.
Boys, 33, shuffled into court with his wrists and ankles shackled. He wore a bulletproof vest. Police say he is being held in the "Supermax" unit at Orleans Parish Prison, charged with first-degree murder in the death NOPD Officer Daryle Holloway.
A contradictory hearing was held Tuesday morning as attorneys for both sides argued how to handle evidence in the case. Prosecutors said motions filed by the defense last week obstructed the investigation, requiring a judge to sign off on any kind of testing done.
Judge Karen Herman vacated those motions and approved what prosecutors say is a more narrow order regarding evidence.
Officer Holloway's uncle David Belfield was in the courtroom Tuesday morning and saw his nephew's accused killer for the first time. Belfield says he'd like to ask Boys one question. Why?
"Why go to the extreme of taking a person's life? My nephew was not involved in arresting you," said Belfield. "He had nothing to do with that particular crime; all he was doing was transporting you from point A to point B. Why take it to that step? If I could ask that question and if I could get a real answer, it might help a little bit but at the end of the day, it doesn't matter. It's not going to bring my nephew back."
Boys is being held under the highest level of security at Orleans Parish Prison. Judge Herman ordered the public defenders representing Boys to only talk to him through plexiglass. Any face-to-face contact will require a court order.
Boys was being transported to Orleans Parish Prison when he allegedly shot and killed Officer Holloway on June 20. He escaped after the shooting, but was captured the next day.
Boys shot Holloway through an access window of the caged portion of the police car, according to court documents. He fired one shot, striking the officer in the right flank.
Prior to the shooting, Boys was handcuffed in the back seat. His hands were cuffed behind his back. Boys somehow was able to bring his arms to the front, court documents state. There are still many unanswered questions, including why Boys had two guns on him while in police custody.