Travis Boys wants new trial; sentencing scheduled for Thursday

Travis Boys wants new trial; sentencing scheduled for Thursday
Updated: May. 2, 2018 at 5:48 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - "We know that through prayers and by the Grace of God, a better day is coming. Lastly, to Mr. Travis Boys, may God have mercy on your soul," says Olander Holloway.

Back in March, a jury convicted Travis Boys of shooting and killing Officer Darryl Holloway with a hidden gun in 2015 as Holloway transported Boys to jail.

Boys is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday on his first-degree murder conviction, but his attorney says his client deserves a new trial.

On Monday, Matthew Vogel filed a motion for a new trial. It states that the jury was emotionally influenced when the court allowed the state to have members of Officer Holloway's family stand during closing arguments. The motion also states that the display encouraged the jury to sympathize with Officer Holloway's family.

Throughout the trial, Boys' attorney argued he was not guilty by reason of insanity. Now, even after the jury's verdict, his attorney stated in the motion that Boys was incompetent during the trial and didn't understand the guilty verdict or the implications of a life sentence.

Thursday, Judge Karen Herman will likely rule on he motion for a new trial.

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