Zachary Holly, who is represented by private attorney Kent McLemore and public defender Pat Aydelott, both of Fayetteville, will appear in court for a mental status hearing following his arrest last Nov. 26 when he was charged with the murder, kidnapping and rape of his 6-year-old neighbor who he had been babysitting the night she disappeared. He also is charged with residential burglary.
He will appear before Division II Judge Brad Karren.
Aydelott said in court documents filed in January that there’s reason to believe Holly is not fit to proceed to trial. He asked the judge to have Holly committed to the Arkansas State Hospital for 30 days for evaluation and treatment. The state hospital has conducted an evaluation, but to date the results are sealed.
Holly had carried the sleeping child to her bed where she slept with her younger sister the night she was taken from her home. He mother reported her missing the next morning, Nov. 20, and she was found in an abandoned house not far from her home.
Holly was arrested after he came in for an interview with police six days later. Police had taken DNA and the clothes he was wearing prior to his arrest. Holly contended he had gone to a local convenient store to purchase indigestion medicine where he was documented on camera the night she was taken. He said he did not get up again until he got his stepson ready for school.
Holly has been held at the Benton County Jail without bond since his arrest.
To view the Probable Cause document for the case, click HERE.