Trial de­layed for man ac­cused of at­tempt­ing to kill his for­mer wife

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - TRACY M. NEAL Tracy M. Neal can be reached by email at tneal@nwaon­ or Twit­ter @NWATracy.

BEN­TONVILLE — The jury trial for a Mis­souri man ac­cused of try­ing to kill his for­mer wife has been de­layed un­til next year.

Michael Doll, 52, of Jasper, Mo., is charged with at­tempted cap­i­tal mur­der, ag­gra­vated res­i­den­tial bur­glary and bat­tery. Doll’s for­mer wife told a 911 dis­patcher on June 7, 2016, he tried to break into her Bella Vista home.

Doll pre­vi­ously pleaded not guilty to the charges. He’s be­ing held in the Ben­ton County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

His trial jury was sched­uled to be­gin to­day, how­ever, Cir­cuit Judge Robin Green on Mon­day resched­uled the trial to be­gin March 6.

Deputy Pub­lic De­fender Scott McElveen, one of Doll’s at­tor­neys, re­quested the de­lay. Doll’s at­tor­neys have raised a de­fense of a men­tal dis­ease or de­fect, and they are wait­ing to ob­tain and then re­view some of Doll’s med­i­cal records. Doll’s at­tor­neys also want their men­tal health ex­pert to re­view the records.

The at­tor­neys also are work­ing to iden­tify a po­ten­tial wit­ness

— a men­tal health pro­fes­sional who treated Doll.

Doll was rep­re­sent­ing him­self, but at­tor­neys with the Ben­ton County Pub­lic De­fend­ers Of­fice now rep­re­sent him.

His for­mer wife told po­lice she moved to Bella Vista to get away from Doll, and he had threat­ened to kill her, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

A bul­let grazed the woman’s side, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

Doll has claimed at pre­vi­ous hear­ings he was act­ing in self-de­fense.

He could be sen­tenced from 10 years to 40 years or life im­pris­on­ment if con­victed of at­tempted cap­i­tal mur­der and ag­gra­vated res­i­den­tial bur­glary. He could be sen­tenced from five to 20 years in prison if con­victed of first-de­gree bat­tery.


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