Lawyer seeks mental exam for Zachary Holly, suspect in Jersey Bridgeman's death

    10:12 PM, Jan 25, 2013   |    comments
    • Share
    • Print
    • - A A A +

    Video: Zachary Holly pleads not guilty at arraignment

    Zachary Holly, 28, is charged with capital murder in the Jersey Bridgeman case. (Photo: KSFM-TV)

    BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) - A defense attorney is seeking a mental evaluation for an Arkansas man accused of killing a 6-year-old neighbor who had been the victim in a prior abuse case.

    Lawyer Pat Aydelott said Friday he's requested a mental evaluation for 28-year-old Zachary Holly.

    Holly has pleaded not guilty to capital murder, rape, kidnapping and residential burglary in the November death of 6-year-old Jersey Bridgeman in Bentonville, about 215 miles northwest of Little Rock.

    Aydelott said in court documents filed last week that there's reason to believe Holly is not fit to proceed to trial.

    He's asking a judge to have Holly committed to the Arkansas State Hospital for 30 days for evaluation and treatment.

    Prosecutor Van Stone has said he's seeking the death penalty in the case.

    (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

    Related Stories:

    Zachary Holly due in court for Jersey Bridgeman's murder

    Inmate attacks Zachary Holly in jail

    Cops say Holly was a Bridgeman family friend

    Search continues for Jersey Bridgeman's killer

    Jersey Bridgeman's murder has Bentonville schools worried

    School officials: Jersey Bridgeman joyful despite abuse

    Jana Bridgeman sentenced to 12 years for chaining girl to dresser

    David Bridgeman sentenced for chaining girl to dresser

    Most Watched Videos