Judge Rules Nicolas Holzer Was Sane When Murdering Family

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Source: Santa Barbara County District Attorney

Re: People v. Nicolas Holzer: Case No. 1470650

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that having previously been found guilty of four counts of first degree murder and one count of felony animal cruelty, Judge Brian Hill, after a five week sanity trial, ruled that defendant Nicolas Holzer was sane on August 11, 2014, when he killed his parents; 73 year old William Holzer and 74 year old Sheila Holzer, as well as his children; 13 year old Sebastian Holzer and 10 year old Vincent Holzer and the family dog, Dixie.

District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley stated, “This horrible murder deeply affected not just the loved ones of the Holzer family but our entire community. Sergeant Rob Minter of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office conducted an outstanding investigation, under the worst of all possible conditions. Veteran Prosecutor Ron Zonen, widely known as the foremost trial lawyer in our county, led the prosecution team with help from attorneys Lena Alker and Dayton Aldrich. Hopefully this just ruling can bring some sense of peace and justice to those who are still suffering from this horrendous crime.”

Mr. Holzer will next appear in court on August 24, 2018 for sentencing.  It is expected that he will be sentenced to State Prison for the balance of his life.

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Flicka Jun 30, 2018 03:30 PM
Judge Rules Nicolas Holzer Was Sane When Murdering Family

This tragedy was well published when it happened. I think it is good this result was published, we all need to know justice has been served for those poor little children and their grandparents.

a-1560929151 Jun 30, 2018 10:00 AM
Judge Rules Nicolas Holzer Was Sane When Murdering Family

Another complex human situation that too many wish to paint in black and white. Out legal system is stretched to the edge in such cases. Probably it does not matter if he was found NGI or gets sent to prison as he will be housed much the same and probably for about as long either way. Not really clear that it is appropriate for the DA to be basking in publicity for herself or her trial attorney by issuing such press releases but, heck, she is an elected official. Great work was done by the Ms Voss of the Public Defenders office, by the way. Of course they don't issue such self serving press statements.

Luvaduck Jun 30, 2018 07:33 AM
Judge Rules Nicolas Holzer Was Sane When Murdering Family

I didn't know the family or him, but it was a tragedy all the way around. It's not like violent deaths are new, but there seem to be more and more non-directed acts against people who just happen to be near and vulnerable. From this kind of thing to mass killings in schools, malls, airplanes, recreational venues. I wish I had some idea what's going on. Is it historically normal and we're just more aware of it since we're globally connected or has it really increased as much as it seems. What makes a person emotionally able to do such things?

RHS Jun 30, 2018 12:49 PM
Judge Rules Nicolas Holzer Was Sane When Murdering Family

Check out studies about rats in crowded spaces. We have too many people on this earth. We cannot live in such conditions. The human experience is for freedom, space and opportunity. The need for limits, regulations and rules is contrary to our DNA.

a-1560929151 Jun 29, 2018 11:12 PM
Judge Rules Nicolas Holzer Was Sane When Murdering Family

Sebastian and Vincent. Those beautiful boys. I used to see them as they walked home from school. My heart aches whenever I think about them. And the parents. And the dog. A horrific slaughter of innocents.

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