Judge to decide Tuesday on bond reduction for James Holland

Judge to decide Tuesday on bond reduction for James Holland
(Source: KCBD)
(Source: KCBD)
James Holland, 39 (photo source: Lubbock Co. Detention Center)
James Holland, 39 (photo source: Lubbock Co. Detention Center)

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A bond reduction hearing was heard in the 137th District Court Friday for James Holland, stepfather of murdered teen Holli Jeffcoat.

Judge Trey McClendon presided.

Right now, Holland is held on a $2 million dollar bond. He's charged with sexual abuse of a child against a different family member. Deputies arrested him in March.

Lubbock Criminal District Attorney represented the state and Lubbock attorney Fred Stangl represented Holland.

Witnesses were called. Stangl argued for the bond reduction on the grounds that the bond set was not consistent with the bond set for other persons charged with the same offense. Similar bonds were $50,000 to $500,000.

District Attorney Powell noted that the facts in each case were different.

Clifford Bryant Holland, father of the defendant, was one of the witnesses called by the defense. He testified that Holland had roots in the community and would have a place to live and work if released on bail.

Powell's cross-examination centered around the prosecution's position that Holland's father had not cooperated with law enforcement. Powell also suggested in his cross examination that James Holland is accused by one of his sisters of sexually abusing her.

Powell submitted to the court evidence of incestuous porn found in a search of James Holland's computer and other devices.

Courthouse sources tell KCBD that the District Attorney plans to file capital murder charges against Holland for the death of Holli Jeffcoat.

Holland is not charged in Jeffcoat's murder at this time. Jeffcoat was found murdered in her home in February.

Judge McClendon did not rule on the motion immediately. He will give his decision at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 31, to lawyers. There will not be a formal hearing for this announcement.

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