A psychological evaluation has been planned for a truck driver accused of murdering a NYC model and abandoning her body on the side of an interstate earlier this year.
The body was found on February 7th at the Mile Run interchange of I-80 near Union County, Pennsylvania. The hearing determining that Rollins will seek psychological evaluation was held on Tuesday, October 12th.
The accused truck driver, 29-year-old Tracy Ray Rollins of Dallas, Texas, is currently awaiting trial for homicide and abuse of corpse charges after apparently meeting 47-year-old model Rebecca Landrith, who he says called herself Leslie, at a truck stop in Connecticut and then traveling with her. At some point in their travels, it is believed that Rollins shot Landrith 26 times and dumped her body on the side of the road.
In addition to the psychological evaluation, Rollins’ attorney, Brian Ulmer, used the hearing to discuss whether or not holding the currently unscheduled trial in Union County was appropriate, and argued that the publicity the case has generated in the area could affect the opinion of potential jury candidates, reported Penn Live Patriot News.
District Attorney D. Peter Johnson deemed Ulmer’s motion as premature, but said he could bring it up again during jury selection. Johnson also noted that the prosecution is prepared for trial, but it will likely not occur until sometime in 2022.