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Multiple Homicide in Goleta
updated: Aug 12, 2014, 6:49 AM

6:45 am

KEYT is reporting a multiple homicide in Goleta. Late Monday night the SB County Sheriff's Department was called out to a house on Walnut Lane. Four people and a dog were found dead inside the home. The sole suspect is said to be in custody.


Source: Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office
9:45 am

Supect in Custody after Killing Four People and a Dog

Santa Barbara-The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a quadruple homicide at a residence in the unincorporated area of Santa Barbara. At just after 11 p.m. last night, August 11, 2014, Sheriff’s deputies responded to the residence located in the 600 block of Walnut Park Lane. The 46-year-old male suspect was taken into custody without incident. There are no additional suspects outstanding. Four victims and a dog were discovered in the home with multiple stab wounds. The victims were all deceased when deputies arrived on the scene.

The names of the victims and the suspect are being withheld at this time until next of kin can be located and notified. This is an active crime scene and investigation and no further information will be released at this time.

We will update you when more information is available.


Source: Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office
12:48 pm

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office will hold a press conference this afternoon, August 12, at 3:00 p.m. at Sheriff’s Headquarters located at 4434 Calle Real in Santa Barbara. Sheriff Bill Brown will give an update on the quadruple murder investigation.


Source: Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office
4:43 pm

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office has positively identified the suspect and the four victims he murdered last night, August 11, inside a residence located in the 600 block of Walnut Park Lane in the unincorporated area of Santa Barbara County.  The suspect is 45-year-old Nicolas Etienne Holzer of Santa Barbara and the victims are his parents, 73- year-old William Holzer and 74-year-old Sheila Holzer, his two sons, 13-year-old Sebastian Holzer and 10-year-old Vincent Holzer.   The family dog was also killed.  All the deceased had been fatally stabbed.

Last night, at 11:03 p.m. Nicolas Holzer called 9-1-1 and in a calm and matter of fact manner told a dispatcher that he had killed his family, which included his parents, two sons and the family dog.  When Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene the suspect met them at the front door and was taken into custody without incident.

Sheriff’s deputies then conducted a search of the residence and found a dead Australian Shepard-type dog deceased in a hallway, the suspect’s father in the den, the suspect’s mother at the threshold to, and the two boys within, a bedroom.  All of the victims were determined to be deceased.  Each of them appeared to have been repeatedly stabbed. Sheriff’s deputies recovered two large kitchen knives that are believed to be the murder weapons.

Nicolas Holzer subsequently told detectives he had killed his family to fulfill what he believed was his destiny. He said he had committed the murders shortly before he called 9-1-1. He claimed to have killed his father first, then the children, then his mother and finally the family dog.  When asked why he committed these crimes, he claimed “I had to.”

The Sheriff’s Office did not have any prior documented contact with Holzer except for an assault case from 1996 in which he was a witness.  He does not appear to have any criminal history and there have not been any law enforcement calls for service at the residence the past several years.

Nicolas Holzer had obtained full custody of his two sons following a divorce eight or nine years ago.  He and his sons had been living with his parents at the Walnut Park home for the past seven years.

Sebastian Holzer was a student at La Colina Junior High and Vincent Holzer was a student at Foothill Elementary School located near the grandparent’s residence.

Autopsies on all of the victims are pending. Holzer was booked at the Santa Barbara County Jail on four counts of murder and is being held without bail.  An animal cruelty charge is also pending.


                                                                       Nicolas Holzer


Photos courtesy of Oscar Flores, KEYT:

"Photos of crime scene. 600 block of walnut park lane in goleta. Homicide. Multiple people and a dog killed. "

To read the full article, go to keyt.com.


Photos courtesy of John Palminteri:

To read the full article, go to keyt.com.

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-12 06:53 AM

On Walnut Lane..I haven't heard many transmissions over the SBSO Sheriffs channel that pretty much explains it they are keeping it quiet..For news about this Crime stick with KEYT for information.


 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-12 07:05 AM

Fox News 11 also mentioned it..Will probley be on other news sources also but is not now..The only thing I have found was on County Fire Twitter an early morning Medical Emergency in the 600 Block of Walnut Park Lane. If anyone would like to share information feel free..Fox news 11 stated a crew is on the way to the scene..


 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-12 07:16 AM

I don't know if the 600 Block is where it happened Fox News 11 is saying they have a crew on scene now so stay turned to them for information.


 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-12 07:34 AM

Per Fox 11 News there will be a News Confenence at 10am concerning the homicides 4 dead, and a dog also dead.. Suspect is in custody...This is turning into a sad week.


 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-12 08:11 AM

Poor victims, and poor dog this breaks my heart..


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