Little Rock man accused of killing toddler in ‘road rage’ shooting mulls insanity defense

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Gary Holmes Sr., 33, (right) faces one count of capital murder and two counts of committing a terrorist act in the death of 3-year-old Acen King (left) in Little Rock on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A Little Rock man accused of killing a toddler in a “road rage” shooting in 2016 will explore an insanity defense.

Lawyer Ron Davis told a judge Thursday that recent conversations with the man’s family have led him to believe a private doctor should examine 34-year-old Gary Eugene Holmes.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported that state doctors found Holmes fit for trial, but that Holmes also has a history of psychiatric treatment.

Holmes is accused of killing 3-year-old Acen Ahmeer King. The boy was in the back seat of his grandmother’s car when Holmes allegedly fired a gun into the vehicle in southwest Little Rock. Holmes has told police that he wasn’t aware he was carrying a gun at the time.

A trial is set for next month.