Doll to con­tinue rep­re­sent­ing self

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

BEN­TONVILLE — A Mis­souri man ad­mit­ted he has prob­lems with his hear­ing aids and eye­glasses, but he re­fuses to go to the Vet­er­ans Af­fairs med­i­cal cen­ter be­cause he doesn’t want other vet­er­ans to see him in hand­cuffs and jail cloth­ing.

Michael Doll told Ben­ton County Cir­cuit Judge Robin Green on Mon­day his re­fusal to go to the Fayet­teville hos­pi­tal had noth­ing to do with him try­ing to in­flu­ence his crim­i­nal case.

“I will not be pushed around the

VA in shack­les or in stripes,” Doll said. “I’m not go­ing to be pushed around by some­one that was prob­a­bly not in the mil­i­tary.”

Doll, 52, of Jasper, Mo., is charged with at­tempted cap­i­tal mur­der, ag­gra­vated res­i­den­tial bur­glary and bat­tery. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and will act as his own at­tor­ney at trial. Doll is be­ing held in the Ben­ton County Jail on $500,000 bond.

Doll, who said he’s a com­bat vet­eran, was ques­tioned by Green, who was con­cerned he in­tends to dis­rupt the trial and force her to have him re­moved from the court­room. A jury trial is sched­uled to be­gin Aug. 22.

Doll de­nied he planned to dis­rupt the trial, but Stu­art Cear­ley, chief deputy prose­cu­tor, played a July 20 jail record­ing of a tele­phone con­ver­sa­tion be­tween Doll and his sis­ter.

“I can’t hear, read or see,” Doll said to his sis­ter. “I don’t care. I’m go­ing to get the judge to throw me out of court.”

Doll also said in the record­ing he planned to re­peat­edly tell Green he couldn’t hear dur­ing the trial.

“You are not play­ing any­thing to the hilt to try and ma­nip­u­late this court,” Green warned Doll. “You are not go­ing to play any games or cause any scenes dur­ing the trial.”

Doll an­swered, “Yes, ma’am.”

If Doll does go to the vet­er­ans hos­pi­tal he will be hand­cuffed and dressed in jail attire for safety and se­cu­rity rea­sons, Green said.

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.

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

“I went to get some pa­per­work that be­longed to me and some­one shot at me,” Doll said Mon­day. “I never told her that I was go­ing to kill her.”

Doll said he couldn’t pre­pare his defense while be­ing held in jail and he asked Green to con­sider low­er­ing his bond or re­lease him from jail on his own re­cog­ni­zance. Green de­clined both re­quests.

Doll said he needs to use a com­puter and printer while try­ing to gather ev­i­dence some of the pros­e­cu­tors’ wit­nesses are ly­ing.

“I can­not de­fend my­self from the Ben­ton County Jail where there are no lights,” Doll said.

Deputies in court told Green the lights in Doll’s cell will be checked.

Doll also com­plained about the lack of air con­di­tion­ing at the jail, say­ing it’s caus­ing him not to be able to work on his case. Green told Doll there was noth­ing she could do about the air con­di­tion­ing.

Cear­ley told Green he had no plans to con­tact Doll to dis­cuss the case, but Doll could con­tact him through jail staff if he had con­cerns.

Doll ques­tioned whether he would re­ceive a fair trial and whether his guilt was as­sumed when he was ar­rested.

“I know that man thinks I’m guilty,” Doll said as he looked at Cear­ley. “I know he wants to put me in prison for the rest of my life.”

Doll also claimed at­tor­neys with Ben­ton County Pub­lic De­fend­ers Of­fice and Green also be­lieve he’s guilty. Doll later said he didn’t mean to of­fend Green.


NWA Demo­crat-Gazette/TRACY M. NEAL

Michael Doll, who is ac­cused of at­tempt­ing to kill his for­mer wife, leaves a Ben­ton County court­room Tues­day fol­low­ing a hear­ing in his court case in Ben­tonville.

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