Man com­mit­ted to psych hos­pi­tal in Elk­ton-area triple shoot­ing

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By CARL HAMIL­TON


— A man who shot and wounded three peo­ple in­side an Elk­ton-area res­i­dence re­port­edly be­cause the vic­tims told him to “lower his voice” while they were watch­ing TV has been com­mit­ted in­def­i­nitely to a state psy­chi­atric hos­pi­tal.

Ce­cil County Cir­cuit Court Judge Brenda A. Sex­ton im-


posed that sen­tence Fri­day on the de­fen­dant, Tyree Naquand Pol­lard, 27, of Ne­wark, Del., af­ter find­ing him guilty of three counts of at­tempted sec­ond-de­gree mur­der.

The judge did so af­ter Pol­lard had en­tered “not guilty with an agreed state­ment of facts” pleas to those three at­tempted mur­der counts.

Pol­lard, who was rep­re­sented by As­sis­tant Pub­lic De­fender E.B. Fock­ler IV, main­tained his in­no­cence through his pleas — which also in­cluded the stip­u­la­tion that he wouldn’t con­test the state­ment of facts that As­sis­tant State’s At­tor­ney Perry J. Sea­man would read aloud in the court­room mo­ments later.

Fri­day’s plea hear­ing was pred­i­cated on a re­port submitted by a state psy­chi­a­trist, who, af­ter ex­am­in­ing Pol­lard at Clifton T. Perkins Psy­chi­atric Hos­pi­tal in Jes­sup, con­cluded that Pol­lard should not be held crim­i­nally re­spon­si­ble be­cause a di­ag­nosed men­tal dis­or­der had pre­vented him from “ap­pre­ci­at­ing the crim­i­nal­ity of his ac­tions” and from “con­trol­ling his con­duct” to con­form with the law on the night in ques­tion.

Pol­lard shot two men, both 21 at the time, and a woman, also 21, in­side a home in the 100 block of East Vil­lage Road in the Buck­hill Farms neigh­bor­hood about 6 p.m. on March 3, 2015. Sea­man told the judge that the vic­tims, who knew Pol­lard, suf­fered mul­ti­ple gun­shot wounds.

Ac­cord­ing to the state­ment of facts pre­sented by Sea­man in court, Pol­lard stood up while he and the three vic­tims were watch­ing tele­vi­sion, pulled a 9mm hand­gun from his waist­band and started shoot­ing at them. A rea­son was not in­cluded in the doc­u­ment en­tered into the court record dur­ing Fri­day’s hear­ing.

Shortly af­ter the in­ci­dent 17 months ago, Ce­cil County Sher­iff’s Of­fice in­ves­ti­ga­tors re­ported that Pol­lard opened fire on the three three vic­tims af­ter they had con­fronted him for dis­tract­ing them from their tele­vi­sion pro­gram and then fled from the res­i­dence.

“The vic­tims said the sus­pect (Pol­lard) was caus­ing a dis­tur­bance. He was be­ing loud. When they told him to quiet down, the sus­pect bran­dished a hand­gun and started shoot­ing them,” Lt. Michael Holmes, a CCSO spokesman, ex­plained at the time.

Am­bu­lances trans­ported all three vic­tims to Chris­tiana Hos­pi­tal in Delaware, where they were treated and later re­leased.

Ne­wark Po­lice De­part­ment of­fi­cers cap­tured Pol­lard in Ne­wark later that night, af­ter re­ceiv­ing a CCSO be-on-th­elook­out bul­letin re­gard­ing Pol­lard, who was ar­rested af­ter caus­ing a dis­tur­bance in that col­lege town.

Pol­lard, who has re­mained in cus­tody since his ar­rest in March 2015, un­der­went a court-or­dered psy­chi­atric ex­am­i­na­tion af­ter his de­fense lawyer had en­tered a “not crim­i­nally re­spon­si­ble” plea, com­monly called an in­san­ity plea.

The ex­am­in­ing psy­chi­a­trist at Clifton T. Perkins found that Pol­lard should not be held “crim­i­nally re­spon­si­ble,” due to a men­tal dis­or­der, and the doc­tor in­cluded that find­ing in a re­port submitted to the court in April.

Sea­man did not con­test the con­clu­sion drawn by the psy­chi­a­trist.

“Most of his life he’s been in and out of jail and men­tal in­sti­tu­tions,” Sea­man noted dur­ing Fri­day’s hear­ing, re­fer­ring to Pol­lard’s crim­i­nal and men­tal health history.

Pol­lard de­clined his right to ad­dress the judge.

Had the psy­chi­a­trist de­ter­mined that Pol­lard should be held crim­i­nally re­spon­si­ble, he would have faced up to 90 years in prison for those three at­tempted mur­der con­vic­tions. Each of­fense car­ries a max­i­mum 30-year sen­tence.

In­stead, un­der the psy­chi­atric com­mit­ment is­sued dur­ing Fri­day’s hear­ing, Pol­lard will re­main an in-pa­tient at Clifton T. Perkins Psy­chi­atric Hos­pi­tal un­til psy­chi­a­trists deem that he is no longer a threat to him­self and to oth­ers.


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