Suspect in officer’s slaying appears in court
DENVER — The man accused of shooting Denver Police Officer Celena Hollis at a City Park Jazz festival last month heard the charges filed against him in a Denver District courtroom Thursday.
Scores of the murdered officer’s family and friends showed up to see the advisement, which is the second in this case.
The suspect, Rollin Oliver, 21, appeared in court wearing a red jump suit, shackles and chains with his hair in corn rows. he waived the formal reading of the charges.
Oliver faces a charge of first-degree murder with extreme indifference for shooting Hollis in the head on June 24.
Hollis, a 32-year-old single mother, was responding to a fight between two groups at the City Park Jazz festival, when she was shot in the head.
Oliver was arrested a short time later. Police said he had a gun on him at the time.
Sources tell FOX31 Denver the fight in the park was between rival gangs and Oliver is a member of the “bloods.”
Oliver’s family was also in court. When asked if Oliver is innocent his father told us, “The truth would come out.” He also said, “We’ve been instructed not to talk to the media.”
One of Oliver’s friends told us off camera that he is innocent.
Denver police are not releasing Oliver’s mug shot because they are still doing photo line ups.
We found a picture of him on line where he identifies himself by his street name, “Boogie.”
Oliver’s attorney told the judge he was concerned about pretrial publicity and asked the judge to ban cameras from all of Oliver’s upcoming hearings.
The judge refused that request.
The arrest affidavit remains sealed.
The judge set Oliver’s preliminary hearing for Aug. 2, and as Oliver was being led out of the courtroom, his father was heard yelling, “I love you son.”