A Wendell man accused of killing his in-laws and attempting to kill wife a year ago went before a Wake County judge on Tuesday seeking a bail that might have allowed him to wait for his trial outside the confines of jail and work.
Judge Paul Gessner rejected the request to set bail at $500,000 in a hearing that offered a few details about the case prosecutors plan to present if the case goes to trial.
Nathan Lorenzo Holden, 32, is accused of critically injuring his wife, Latonya Holden, and killing her parents, Anglia Smith Taylor and Sylvester Taylor, at their home near Wendell. He faces the possibility of the death penalty and is being held in Wake County jail. A bond of $2 million was set for the assault charges, but bond was denied on both murder charges.
Prosecutors say Holden went to the the Taylors’ home at 1125 Lake Glad Road on April 9, 2014, with a handgun. Latonya Holden, 32 at the time, was estranged from Nathan Holden and she and her three children were staying with her parents. Latonya Holden put the children, a teenage boy and two 8-year-old girls, in a closet to move them out of harm’s way.
Assistant District Attorney Boz Zellinger said Tuesday that Angelina Taylor died from a gunshot wound through her heart. Sylvester Taylor was shot several times, Zellinger added, with gunshot wounds on his front and back, at least one from a gun fired at close range.
Latonya Holden was critically wounded by gunfire during the incident, according to police.
Prosecutors contend Nathan Holden opened fire on law enforcement officers when they searched a field near his home, 10 miles from his in-laws, with a dog.
Before the incident, Latonya Holden had taken out a protective order against her husband, alleging that he repeatedly called and harassed her. Sylvester Taylor, according to police records, also called law enforcement officers once when Nathan Holden showed up at their home.
The day before the shootings, the Holdens had scheduled a court hearing to resolve custody and child support issues.
At the hearing on Tuesday, defense attorney Jonathan Broun asked Gessner to lower the bond so Holden could get out and live with his father and work as he awaits trial.
Broun, an assistant capital defender, added that Nathan Holden would be in a better position to help the defense team, including Frances Castillo, also an assistant capital defender with the state capital defense office, as they look for witnesses pertinent to the case.