Suspect charged in Elkton-area double murder
Cecil County Sheriff’s Office investigating
— A man who allegedly gunned down a mother and her adult son at an Elkton-area residence on Monday night is in custody, after surrendering himself to police, and he is now facing first-degree murder charges, according to the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office.
Marty Cyle Holbrook, 30,
is the alleged gunman who killed James David Crockett, 30, and Crockett’s mother, Vicky Lynn Holbrook, 50, during the incident at about 9:30 p.m. on Monday at the residence in the 900 block of West Pulaski Highway, according to Lt. Michael Holmes, a CCSO spokesman.
“They were targeted by the suspect. This was not a random act,” Holmes said, adding, “But we are still looking into some things as far as a possible motive.”
Vicky Holbrook and Crockett did not live in the residence where the fatal shootings occurred, according to Holmes, who declined to say who resides in the house — one of a few dwellings in an area hidden by a tractor-trailer shop, which is adjacent to a tattoo parlor and across the highway from the Paradise Motors dealership.
Holmes noted that the alleged murderer’s last of several known Elkton-area addresses is the 900 block of West Pulaski Highway. He also reported the doublemurder suspect and Vicky
Holbrook were once related through another couple’s marriage, which ended in divorce.
At the crime scene, where Holbrook and Crockett were pronounced dead, investigators gained information that helped them identify Marty Holbrook as the suspect, Holmes said, declining to elaborate. Detectives also determined that Vicky Holbrook’s 2004 Ford Explorer was missing from the residence, he added.
Shortly before midnight Monday, approximately two hours after the fatal shootings, a “concerned relative” drove Marty Holbrook to CCSO’s headquarters near Elkton, where investigators took him into custody, police reported.
Because of a “medical condition unrelated to his arrest,” the suspect was taken to an undisclosed health care provider shortly after arriving at the headquarters, Holmes said, adding that, as of Tuesday afternoon, Marty Holbrook remained at that medical facility under guard.
Investigators have obtained an arrest warrant charging Marty Holbrook with two counts each of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, firstdegree assault, reckless endangerment, handgun on person and use of a handgun in the commission of a felony or crime of violence, police reported.
Detectives will arrest the alleged murderer on that warrant when he is discharged from the medical facility, according to police.
“Detectives are still investigating the case to determine if there are any other suspects and to determine the motive for the incident,” Holmes said.
Anyone with information that might help in this double-murder investigation is asked to call CCSO Det. William Sewell at 410-3922125.
Investigators are working with the Maryland State Medical Examiner’s Office, where the bodies have been taken for autopsies.
This marks the second fatal shooting incident in the Elkton area in two days, totaling three victims.
At 10:45 p.m. on Saturday – some 47 hours before Monday’s night double homicide – two or more people entered a residence in the unit block of Navajo Trail North, near the Delaware state line, and fatally shot Malcolm G. Lowrie, 22, of Elkton, during an altercation, according to the Maryland State Police, which is investigating that case.
Lowrie was visiting that residence, which was occupied by four other adults and four children, police said. No one else in the residence was wounded or injured during the incident, police added.
As of Tuesday, the suspects in that fatal shooting also remained on the loose, police reported.
Investigators and deputies speak with some people at the crime scene, shortly after two people were gunned down at an Elktonarea residence Monday night.
Two visibly upset women embrace shortly after arriving at the scene.