Judge enters not guilty plea for suspect in Brockport murder case
Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - Holly Colino was in court Thursday morning to be arraigned on murder and weapons charges.
Colino is accused of fatally shooting Megan Dix as she sat in her car on her lunch break in Brockport on August 25. Colino was arrested on August 28.
A not guilty plea was entered on Colino's behalf after both Colino and her attorney declined to enter a plea in court.
Mark Foti, Colino's attorney, said he did not enter the plea himself because that is a decision Colino needs to make on her own. This could be groundwork for Colino to undergo a mental health evaluation.
Colino was indicted last Friday on nine felony counts, including six weapons charges. She is accused of having a .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol, a .38 caliber special action revolver, and a .223 caliber Remington semi-automatic rifle, which is legally defined in New York as an assault weapon.
Deputies did not leave Colino's side during the hearing. She did identify herself to the judge in court and answered questions when she was asked.
According to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, Colino killed Dix in a random attack; the two had never met before.
Three days later, Colino was taken into custody, but later escaped custody for two hours as she was being transferred into holding. Colino is also accused of spray painting messages in random places throughout the area showing her name.
In court Thursday, Foti went as far as to say Colino needs a mental health evaluation to determine if she is fully aware of what she is accused of doing.
"There's a unique level of interest, but there's also a unique reservation of judgement in this case," Foti said after the hearing. "I think people realize that there may have been things that she was dealing with. That separates her and distinguishes her from other individuals in this situation, and that's one of the things that's going to be analyzed as we go forward."
Monroe County Assistant District Attorney Perry Duckles said he was holding off on any judgements about the mental health of the suspect.
"Obviously, the nature of the crime is something that is horrible, you know, horrible. We don't wish upon any member of the community," Duckles said. "But at this time, we're going to withhold any comments, obviously, on the defendant's response."
So far, the judge has not yet ordered any mental health evaluation. That decision will be made by the judge as the process unfolds.
Colino remains in jail without bail until her next hearing.