A 16-year-old boy facing a felony battery charge is now being held without bond as he awaits a mental evaluation.
Kane Millsaps was charged with felony first-degree battery and misdemeanor possession of an instrument of crime after authorities became aware of a video posted to YouTube showing Millsaps hitting an unsuspecting 12-year-old boy while wearing brass knuckles.
Circuit Judge Troy B. Braswell Jr. revoked Millsaps’ $25,000 bond Tuesday and ordered he be held without bond pending a mental evaluation.
Millsaps’ bond was revoked after he violated the terms and conditions of his bond by cutting off his ankle monitor. He also tested positive for alcohol and was later found in Louisiana.
Defense Attorney Frank Shaw requested the mental evaluation June 29, stating he understands the "video speaks for itself" but that Millsaps "is in need of help."
"The question is not, ‘Did he do something wrong?’" Shaw said. "The question is: ‘How do we as a society handle children with emotional and anger problems?’"
Defense Attorney Lauren Elenbaas said the defense counsel was unsure as to why Millsaps left for Louisiana but noted he’d been receiving threats on a daily basis.
"He receives multiple text messages, inboxes, emails, some type of communication from individuals as far away as Boston, Massachusetts, telling him that he should kill himself or be [dragged] behind a car," she said. "Whether there’s psychological problems or not, how would any 14 or 15 year old respond to that type of messaging?"
A mental health screening had not been scheduled as of press time Thursday.
Millsaps is set to appear in Faulkner County Circuit Court next for a pretrial hearing at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 21.
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