POLICE HAD A CLEAR IDEA OF WHO WAS TO BLAME, YET THEY LACKED THE NECESSARY EVIDENCE TO PROSECUTE NASH FOR MURDER. IT TOOK ALMOST NINE YEARS TO BRING HIM TO TRIAL
The hand print he left at the crime scene was enough evidence to prosecute Holmes, who was arrested in December 1981 and charge with the four murders in March 1982. Although the prosecutor argued that he was a willing participant, his lawyers successfully argued his case as a disoriented victim coerced into leading the killers into the Wonderland house. After a trial, he was acquitted of all murder counts, but due to supplying the court with false information he spent 110 days in jail for contempt of court. Holmes died from AIDSrelated complications on 13 March 1988.
Two days after the murder, police searched Nash’s home. They found $ 1 million of cocaine and stolen items from the Wonderland house. He served two years of an eight- year prison sentence, allegedly bribing the judges $ 100,000 for an early release. In the following years
Nash was continually arrested on various drug charges – authorities sometimes referred to him as “the one that got away”.
On 21 March 1990, jurors and lawyers assembled to try Nash and Gregory DeWitt Diles, who were put on trial simultaneously but with differrent juries assessing each man’s case. Nash’s defence lawyer argued the prosecution’s strongest witnesses and statements had come from drug users with criminal records – hardly reliable sources. He said that “it is difficult… to capture the dark hues of that kind of world… populated by desperate people. A world devoid of the type of value system that you know and that you operate on.”
Nash and Diles were eventually implicated by new evidence from Scott Thorson, the lover of the late Liberace and author of Behind The Candelabra: My Life With Liberace. Aged 32 and serving time for accepting stolen goods, Thorson testified at the pre- trial hearing that he habitually purchased cocaine at Nash’s house. He continued that he heard Nash vow to “have those people on their knees” for robbing his home, and that he threatened Holmes, slammed him against the wall, interrogated him for the identities of those who had robbed him, and then sent Holmes, along with Diles, to reclaim his stolen items. Thorson stated that “he [ Nash] felt he was responsible for sending Mr. Holmes and Mr. Diles there and it had all turned into a bloody mess. He felt the whole thing had gotten out of hand.” This was soon refuted by DeWitt Diles’s representative,, who described Thorson as “an opportunistic liar”.
There were also testimonies from those who had assisted and carried out the robbery on Nash’s home. A day after the murders had taken place, David Clay Lind and a friend walked into a police station claiming to know the killers’ identities. Now, almost a decade later, on the witness stand in the courtroom, Lind conceded that his character may not be deemed the most trustworthy and that drug use had indeed addled his memory. In spite of this, he told the jury, “We [ the court] have established I’m not a very nice guy and I lie sometimes. No matter what I’ve done, I never killed anyone, they did,” and he gestured to Nash and his bodyguard.
He vented his apprehension about robbing someone as high profile and powerful, and stated, “The certain type of dope dealer you didn’t rob was Mr. Nasrallah [ Nash]. It was obvious from the time we got in the house that we were over our heads.” He also implied that Holmes was swindled by the actual robbers, who had absconded with more than their share.
After a mistrial was declared in 1990, when jurors had voted 11 to one for convicting Eddie Nash and ten to two for acquitting Gregory DeWitt Diles, the second trial finally acquitted both men.