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Legal expert shares what to expect going forward with Larry Bollin mass shooting case

Larry Bollin remains jailed, accused of shooting co-workers and a Texas State Trooper
Published: Apr. 14, 2021 at 5:27 PM CDT
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - Larry Bollin’s court appointed attorney Craig Greaves says his client will undergo a mental health evaluation after Bollin claimed he was harassed by other co-workers before the rampage.

Bollin is accused of shooting six co-workers at Kent Moore Cabinets, killing one of them, Timothy Smith. Investigators say he shot Trooper Juan Tovar in Grimes County before he was taken into custody. His court appointed attorney, Craig Greaves tells us Bollin confessed to Texas Rangers.

”It’s going to take a while for [police] to complete their investigation,” said KBTX Legal Analyst Shane Phelps. Phelps has served on both sides of the courtroom as a former prosecutor and now defense attorney.

Greaves said he met with his client Tuesday and that the case will most likely focus on punishment, not on Bollin’s guilt or innocence.

Phelps said attorneys approach the case differently if a suspect’s guilt isn’t in question.

”I don’t know about [the case] other than what I’ve read and seen. And there is a defensive strategy about concentrating on punishment issues because punishment is much more wide open than just whether or not he did it or he did not do it,” said Phelps.

Mental health could be a strategy defense attorneys focus in on.

”Whether there are any mental health issues, it’s always a big deal. Any competent defense attorney is going to ask the court for funds to get mental health evaluations done and I expect in cases like this that’s going to be a large part of what that defense looks like, at least in the punishment phase,” said Phelps.

“Insanity in Texas, is whether there’s a mental health issue that prevents somebody from understanding the wrongfulness of their conduct. Those are challenging, very difficult defenses to wage,” Phelps said.

The District Attorney’s Office says they’ll wait for the investigation to finish before making a decision on charges or presenting before a grand jury.

Bollin remains jailed in Bryan with bonds that total $3.2 million.

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