Man committed to psych hospital in Elkton-area triple shooting
— 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.