In Las Vegas, after his client was denied bail, a lawyer claims that 57–year-old Eric Holland — who was busted with severed body parts — happened to steal the “wrong car” during a police chase.
Holland’s public defender, David Westbrook, argues that the murder suspect did not kill anyone, but is “a hapless car thief who just picked the wrong car.”
Per Las Vegas Metro Police Department, Eric Holland was driving a a Toyota Tundra, with a suspended registration, when he led officers on a police chase on December 23 around 3:42 p.m.
Along with officers in vehicles, an air unit tracked Holland as he ditched his truck for another — “a gold 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche.”
Following Holland to an apartment complex, officers were able to apprehend him; but not before he allegedly threw various items at them.
Upon searching the Chevy, officers smelled a “foul odor” and found human remains in the bed of the truck.
Included was a severed head wrapped inside a black plastic trash bag, plus “two human legs” and “an apparent human torso,” held inside of coolers.
The victim was identified as 65-year-old Richard P. Miller, of Las Vegas. His was death ruled a homicide, dying of multiple gunshot wounds.
Holland has yet to entered a plea, while the judge believes, “Proof is evident and the presumption is great that Mr. Holland committed murder.”
While Holland remains in the Clark County Detention Center, prosecutors must prove Holland knew the remains were inside the truck, “and that he actually caused the death.”