NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Travis Boys, the man accused of killing a New Orleans police officer, pleaded not guilty on Monday morning.
Boys, 33, pleaded not guilty to the murder of Officer Daryle Holloway Monday before Judge Karen K. Herman. Investigators accused Boys off shooting and killing the 22-year NOPD veteran officer during a transport on June 20.
Boys remains locked up being held without bond. His next court date is August 20, that's when the prosecution is expected to turn over all materials so that the defense can begin preparing its case.
His arraignment comes following a prepared statement from Boys' family. The family released this statement on Sunday:
"Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Officer Daryle Holloway in this terrible time of grief. The outpour of love and support for the Holloway family is a tribute to his life and to his honorable service to the community.
We cannot image the sorrow and heartache that Officer Holloway's family and children must be feeling. We are deeply sorry for their loss.
We are deeply moved by the grace of Holloway's mother to ask the community to hold us in its prayers. The Holloway family is in our thoughts and prayers everyday always and forever."
Boys is being held under the highest level of security at Orleans Parish Prison. Public defenders representing Boys can 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, police say the suspect was handcuffed in the back seat. His hands were cuffed behind his back, investigators say. Boys somehow was able to bring his arms to the front, court documents state.
The New Orleans Police Department confirmed Friday that a longtime NOPD officer and her son have been questioned by the Public Integrity Bureau about the attempted escape of the accused cop killer. It's just one of many aspects of the crime that's been perplexing to the victim's family as they wait for answers.