Hear­ing to de­ter­mine sus­pect’s in­ten­tion in case

To­day’s hear­ing will in­clude is­sues such as Doll rep­re­sent­ing him­self and whether he in­ten­tion­ally is try­ing to have any pos­si­ble con­vic­tion ap­pealed and thrown out by a higher court.

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - TRACY NEAL

BENTONVILLE — A court hear­ing set for to­day could de­ter­mine if a Mis­souri man who is rep­re­sent­ing him­self is try­ing to throw the case.

Michael Doll, 52, of Jasper, Mo., is charged with at­tempted cap­i­tal mur­der, ag­gra­vated res­i­den­tial bur­glary and bat­tery. He pleaded not guilty to the charges. He’s be­ing held in the Ben­ton County Jail on a $500,000 bond. Doll is sched­uled to ap­pear in court at 1:30 p.m. to­day.

Doll and his for­mer wife ex­changed gun­shots out­side her Bella Vista home June 7, 2016, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments. A bul­let grazed the woman’s side and she was treated at the scene. Doll claims his ac­tions were self-de­fense. A jury trial is sched­uled to be­gin Aug. 22.

Doll will act as his own at­tor­ney, some­thing Ben­ton County Cir­cuit Judge Robin Green warned him against do­ing. Two de­fense at­tor­neys have been al­lowed to with­draw from the case.

Doll was in court last week be­cause of a let­ter Green re­ceived sup­pos­edly on Doll’s be­half. The let­ter claimed Doll wanted to plead no con­test to the charges.

“I am ask­ing for a plea of nolo con­tendere,” ac­cord­ing to the let­ter.

“My in­ten­tion was never to waste the court’s time, I just wanted my side heard,” ac­cord­ing to let­ter. “I thank you for al­low­ing me the time to try to de­fend my­self.”

The let­ter claims Doll had his sis­ter send the let­ter to Green. But Doll told Green at a hear­ing July 24 he had no knowl­edge of the let­ter.

To­day’s hear­ing will in­clude is­sues such as Doll rep­re­sent­ing him­self and whether he in­ten­tion­ally is try­ing to have any pos­si­ble con­vic­tion ap­pealed and thrown out by a higher court.

Sgt. Shan­non Jenk­ins, spokes­woman for the Ben­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, said the of­fice has an elec­tronic law li­brary, and in­mates are al­lowed ac­cess to the law li­brary lap­top com­puter if they sched­ule a time. In­mates can use the elec­tronic li­brary if they don’t have le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tion, she said.

Doll has used the law li­brary, Jenk­ins said.

Doll’s ex-wife told a 911 dis­patcher he tried to break into her home. Gun­fire was heard on the phone and the caller said a man had shot her. The woman told po­lice she moved to Bella Vista to get away from Doll, and he threat­ened to kill her, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

Doll pre­vi­ously told Green he had no prior le­gal knowl­edge

or ex­pe­ri­ence. Green warned Doll nu­mer­ous times of the con­se­quences of rep­re­sent­ing him­self and he’ll be held to the same stan­dards as a lawyer.

A per­son act­ing as their own at­tor­ney in a felony case has hap­pened be­fore in Ben­ton County.

Joel Bullard of Gravette acted as his own at­tor­ney in two tri­als. Bullard was ac­cused of killing his brother. His first trial in 2008 ended in a mis­trial. An­other jury in 2009 found Bullard guilty of first-de­gree mur­der and he was sen­tenced to life im­pris­on­ment.

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