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Murder trial ends with acquittal

September 22, 2011

Last week Fred Lloyd Holder faced a jury of his peers after being charged with Murder in the First Degree. Holder was charged with the murder of Jacky Dellinger on April 23, 2010. Dellinger was found dead on March 6, 2009.

On March 6th, 2009, relatives found Jacky Ray Dellinger dead on his property in Rattan, with a fatal gunshot wound. Investigators had a prime suspect, Fred Holder, but it would take a year to gather enough evidence to acquire an arrest warrant.

Officers searched close to 40 acres of land, and had divers go into some ponds just in case there might be some evidence there. The evidence they were looking for came in the form of a small piece of notebook paper found on the ground at the crime scene with two numbers handwritten on it.

The handwriting matched Holders, according to the police report, and both numbers had been called from Holder’s cell phone on the day of the murder and registered with cell phone towers in the area. Officers said Holder was always a suspect, but they needed proof, and they believed that this was it.

After a week long trial, that started Monday, September 12, 2011, at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, September 16, 2011 Fred Holder was acquitted of all charges when the jury presented a not guilty verdict. The trial was heard by Judge Campbell, a District Judge from Durant. Prosecutors for the State were Johnny Loard, First Assistant District Attorney and Emily Herron, District Attorney.

“We feel that the OSBI did a great job and we thought we had a strong case,” said Loard. “Obviously the jury disagreed.”

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