Made public this
past week on the orders of District Judge
Rosemarie Aquilina, the transcript of the hearing features the
Det. Sgt. Roy Holliday, of the Ingham County Sheriff's Office.
Holliday's sworn testimony, Tim Holland told police
on Jan. 27 Lisa Holland killed their 7-year-old adoptive son with a
interview, Tim Holland told Det. Sgt. Mraz
that Lisa killed Ricky Holland with two blows from a hammer to his
Holliday said during his testimony.
"Tim Holland described the area of
house in which this occurred. Tim Holland also admitted to disposing
at Lisa Holland's direction. Tim Holland admitted to staging Ricky's
make it appear as if he had run away as in previous cases, again at
Holliday said Lisa
Holland had told police on Jan. 26 that Tim
Holland had killed Ricky.
interview, Lisa Holland claimed that Tim
Holland actually killed Ricky Holland," said Holliday. "Lisa
described the site that she believed that Tim Holland disposed of
to investigators. This was consistent with where Ricky Holland's body
described how Ricky's body was bagged and
moved out of the house by Tim Holland, and Lisa Holland admitted to
investigators to cleaning up the murder scene after the murder."
inmate Lisa Holland met while she was in the
Ingham County Jail told investigators Lisa admitted killing Ricky.
Details on Ricky
Holland's life revealed
In addition to his
murder, the testimony also gave insight into
Ricky's life with the Hollands. Holliday said Jackson school officials
support the Hollands' claim that Ricky suffered from a number of mental
conditions (such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), instead
the young boy was "a bright boy with an above-average IQ."
investigation which lasted approximately
seven months revealed a long history of mental and physical abuse
Hollands' child, Ricky Holland," Holliday testified. "...School
personnel suspected physical and mental abuse by the parents, Tim and
Holliday said the
suspected abuse was reported to Protective
Services. He then testified to evidence of abuse in the home.
parental interference with normal development,
evidence of food deprivation, evidence of intentional and continued
of Ricky Holland by his parents, Tim and Lisa Holland, became evident
the investigation," Holliday testified, "things such as diapers used
in an inappropriate age of development; restraints used on the bus,
according to bus personnel, were unnecessary; harnesses on — and
actually — a
leash used on Ricky when Lisa Holland would take him to school; Lisa
or Ricky Holland getting carrot sandwiches daily for his lunch when it
known that he did not like carrots.
and marks consistent with physical
child abuse and constant humiliations were — of Ricky Holland were
themes during the investigation."
were initially called to the home for Ricky's
disappearance, Holliday testified they found "...door locks on the
of the doors up high where children couldn't reach them in an apparent
to lock children inside their rooms."
Holliday also stated
Ricky's blood was found in several areas of
the home, and that the carpet in his room had been changed recently.
"There was carpet
replaced in Ricky's room on at least two
occasions near or around the time of his — of Ricky's disappearance,"
Holliday testified. "There was blood found on clothes inside Ricky's
that the lab was able to tell us the blood belonged to Ricky or the DNA
back to Ricky himself."
to Holliday, Ricky Holland's
autopsy showed several
fractures to his body, reported as occurring at or near the time of
fractures are in addition to the skull injury. Holliday said experts
determined a cause of death, but they "agree that the manner of death
Ricky Holland's case is a homicide."