The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

December 11, 2013

Couple’s quarrel ends in fatal shooting

LA RUSSELL, Mo. — A 54-year-old man is believed to have shot and killed his wife, and then called 911 and waited for deputies to arrive at their home east of La Russell.

Lawrence County Sheriff Brad DeLay said David K. Holman was arrested Monday night after the fatal shooting of Radonna L. (Roland) Holman, 55, inside their home at 6504 Highway 97.

Holman was charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action. He remained in custody Wednesday at the Lawrence County Jail in Mount Vernon without any bond amount set as yet. He is expected to make an initial court appearance sometime today.

DeLay said Holman called 911 to report that his wife had been shot. Deputies who responded to the call found her on a bed in the residence with a single gunshot wound to her torso. The deputies tried to revive her, but she appeared to have died before the arrival of emergency responders, the sheriff said.

Holman allowed deputies into the house and did not resist arrest in any manner, DeLay said.

“He did not initially say anything as to cause, or anything like that,” the sheriff said.

The shooting was obviously the consequence of a dispute, he said.

“What the dispute was about in the first place, we’re still working on that,” DeLay said.

A handgun believed to have been used in the shooting was recovered at the scene. The sheriff said the couple were the lone occupants of the residence, and no one else is believed to have been present at the time of the shooting.

Previous call

THERE HAD BEEN just one previous call to the address that could be classified as a domestic disturbance, and that happened about three years ago, according to Sheriff Brad DeLay. On that occasion, the conflict remained at the level of a verbal dispute, and no arrest was made, he said.

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