Officer Holloway's family says after Will Smith trial, it's their turn

Officer Holloway's family says after Will Smith trial, it's their turn
Officer Holloway was a 22-year NOPD veteran. (Source: NOPD)

GONZALES, LA (WVUE) - Just days after a verdict in the Will Smith case, the mother of slain New Orleans police officer Daryle Holloway is wondering where is justice in his case.

Holloway was murdered 10 months before Will Smith, and his alleged killer has still not gone to trial.

"All of these are of the funeral," Orlanda Holloway said, referring to a book of photos.

Holloway killed on duty while protecting the city he loved.

"He put his life on the line every time he went to work," Orlanda Holloway said.

Eighteen months after Officer Daryle Holloway was murdered, Travis Boys, his alleged killer, still awaits trial.

"The saying 'Justice delayed is justice denied' is true," Orlanda Holloway said.

She can't understand why her son's case hasn't been tried, even though he was killed 10 months before Will Smith.

"This did not sit well with me, and it goes on with the big write up," she said.

Orlanda Holloway is angry over news accounts of the Smith trial, at which several high-profile Saints and former players made appearances.

"It's almost implying that unless you have celebrity status, we will get to you when we get to you," she said.

The D.A.'s office gave a statement, saying, "The office possesses sympathy for Officer Holloway's mother." It goes on to say, "Time is the enemy of the prosecutor. As such, we would welcome it if the court would set a prompt trial date." In this case, the D.A. said, "The defendant has filed numerous discovery motions" and he has had "three separate sets of attorneys."

"I just feel like the  time needs to come where let's everyone do something," Orlanda Holloway said.

While many considered Will Smith a football hero, Mrs. Holloway said her son was a hero, too - a 22-year veteran NOPD officer who helped evacuate Charity Hospital where she was an emergency room director during Katrina.

"He was there the whole time, helping patrol and move critical-care patients from the 12th floor down," she said.

Daryle Holloway's picture looms over her living room, and she's devoted an entire room to his awards. The holidays are especially tough. Daryle, a father of three, would've turned 46 this past Saturday.

"I miss now, Christmas. He arranged to be off Christmas, that was his time with his kids," Orlanda Holloway said.

She now enters the holidays, feeling empty.

"I don't mean to take anything away from Will Smith's wife and her family - she's seen justice for herself and her kids," she said.

She's hoping the new year brings her and the  family of a slain police hero similar closure.

The D.A.'s statement also said, "It is inappropriate to compare this case to the case against Cardell Hayes – a case in which the prosecution, the defense, and the court pushed for a quick resolution.  The case against Travis Boys is a capital murder case that is approximately 18-months old."

D.A. spokesman Chris Bowman said his office  has not asked for a single delay in the case against Boys, who is now being held without bond at Angola.

Boys allegedly killed Officer Holloway while being transported to jail back in April of 2015. He faces several charges, including first-degree murder of a policeman, aggravated escape, illegal carrying of a weapon and illegal possession of stolen things.

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