Man's trial in shot that grazed wife put off

Posted: October 31, 2017 at 2:46 a.m.

Michael Landon Doll
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Michael Landon Doll

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, that he tried to break into her Bella Vista home.

Doll previously pleaded innocent to the charges. He's being held in the Benton County jail in lieu of $500,000 bond.

His trial was 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 that 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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Metro on 10/31/2017