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Trial begins for Bossier man accused of murdering his own mother

Christopher Holden, now 23, is accused of murdering his own mother. (Courtesy: Bossier City Police Department) Christopher Holden, now 23, is accused of murdering his own mother. (Courtesy: Bossier City Police Department)
Donna Holder, MD (Courtesy: LSU Health Shreveport) Donna Holder, MD (Courtesy: LSU Health Shreveport)

The first day of trial has wrapped up for an Ark-La-Tex man accused of killing his mother. Christopher Holder is on trial for second degree murder. Investigators say he repeatedly stabbed his mother, Dr. Donna Holder, even after she was dead.

It happened at her Bossier Parish home in the 100 block of Stonebridge Boulevard in 2011.

The initial day of court in Judge Mike Nerren's courtroom at the Bossier Parish Courthouse was spent selecting potential jurors for the trial. For nearly 5 hours, defense attorney Rick Fayard and Bossier Dist. Atty. Schuyler Marvin questioned potential jurors about their ability to be fair and impartial.

Several jurors were dismissed when they admitted they wouldn't be able to be impartial after hearing the graphic nature of the crime in the news media.

Holder was in the courtroom, sitting next to his defense attorney. He seemed distant and spent most of the time looking down at the table.

Marvin told jury members that there will be plenty of testimony from witnesses and a pathologist. He also warned the potential jurors, they will see graphic pictures during this trial. He explained a substantial amount of psychiatric evidence will be presented.

Fayard told the jury, this case isn't complicated because neither side denies that Holder committed the act. However, he said, there is a twist, they believe they have proof Holder was insane at the time of the incident. Fayard claims Holder was dealing with severe mental illness which caused him to commit the crime.

Holder's father, Gary, agrees with Fayard. He believes his son was not in the right state of mind because of brain damage from years of anti-depressant drugs.

He believes his son needs to spend the rest of his life in an institution, not a prison. "Chris never asked for any of this, he never deserved any of this happening to him. He was like the kid that was in the third row, in the third seat, never gave anybody problems," he said. "What's even worse is Donna didn't deserve this either, she didn't deserve a bit of this."

He explained some family members, particularly on Donna's side, do not agree with what he thinks should happen to his son.

"What they want him to do is rot in Angola for the rest of his life and not get the help that he needs, I'm going to tell you something plain and simple," said Gary Holder. "It's not what Donna would have wanted, that's not what both his grandmothers would have wanted, that's not what both of his grandfathers," he said and explained friends of Donna's will testify, "They are going to say, 'No way that's not what Donna would have wanted,' "

Jury selection is expected to continue Tuesday morning.

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