Hearing for murder suspect who rubbed feces onto face in courtroom

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A hearing is set in New Orleans on the mental competency of a man who brought an abrupt end to his trial in a police officer's death by smuggling feces into the courtroom and rubbing it onto his face.

Thursday's hearing comes six weeks after state District Judge Karen Herman declared Travis Boys incompetent. That October ruling came over the objections of prosecutors who said Boys' action was a planned stunt to delay his first-degree murder trial in the 2015 shooting death of Officer Daryle Holloway.

Herman ordered Boys evaluated and treated to restore his competency so he can be tried.

Officer Holloway was driving Boys to jail in June 2015 when he was shot to death with a gun authorities believe was smuggled into the police SUV.