SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA-TV) Just moments after pleading not guilty to 3 counts of 1st degree murder, only KSLA News 12 cameras captured Robert McCoy chained, shackled, and under tight security, as he left the Bossier Parish Courthouse. McCoy's family did not want to talk to our cameras. McCoy is accused of killing his estranged wife's parents Christine Colston-Young, Willie Young, and her son Greg Colston back in May.
McCoy told Judge Dewey Burchett he was innocent of the charges against him. "We want to make sure we have everything so he get the best defense possible." McCoy's attorney, Pam Smart, says she is in constant communication with him, and says he is nervous about the entire trial proceedings. "We're trying to do what we can to reassure him that everything is going to be alright, and just let him know we're doing everything we can for him."
Tuesday morning's hearing also marks McCoy's first court appearance since a second suicide attempt back on June 8th. That's when deputies say he cut himself on the elbow with a razor, and then swallowed a part of it. Smart, says she is considering the idea of having a metnal evaluation for McCoy. "We've been keeping a close eye on him, and we have some experts that are looking at him. The department of corrections, and the jail, are keeping a good eye on him."