Mother still awaiting trial, 3 years after Holli Jeffcoat murder

3 years since murder of Holli Jeffcoat

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Sunday marks the third anniversary of the death of Holli Jeffcoat.

Police found 18-year-old Jeffcoat in her home on February 10, 2016. She had multiple stab wounds, her throat had been cut and her uterus had been removed. Authorities said those who killed Jeffcoat tried to set the house on fire to cover it up.

Jeffcoat’s step-father, James Holland, was arrested a month later, on March 10, 2016. Jeffcoat’s mother, Debi Holland, was taken into custody a month after that, on April 10, 2016.

Both were charged with capital murder, aggravated assault of a disabled person and sexual assault of a child.

James Holland is accused of a series of sexual assaults on Jeffcoat that authorities believe led to her pregnancy before her death. CPS said the family had a history of abuse.

On December 18, 2018, James Holland pleaded guilty to capital murder in Lubbock County. The district attorney’s office was seeking the death penalty, but because Holland pleaded guilty, he was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

When recommending that punishment in court documents, District Attorney Sunshine Stanek said it was one of the most horrific crimes she had seen and that the defendant never needs to see the light of day.

Holli’s mother, Debi Holland, remains in jail awaiting trial. She is being held on a $3.5 million bond.

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