Police: Inheritance dispute triggered murders
— A man gunned down his stepmother and stepbrother near Elkton on Monday night in a “planned” attack because he had issues with them over his late father’s inheritance, according to Cecil County District Court charging documents released Wednesday.
Marty Cyle Holbrook, 30, is accused of systematically going to two nearby residences in the 900 block of West Pulaski Highway about 9:30 p.m. Monday and
fatally shooting James David Crockett, 30, at one of those locations before gunning down Crockett’s mother, Vicky Lynn Holbrook, 50, at the other place moments later, police reported.
“A witness stated that there had been issues between Marty Cyle Holbrook, Vicky Lynn Holbrook and James David Crockett since Marty Cyle Holbrook’s father passed away, and he felt he should have gotten the inheritance. The witness stated that (Marty Holbrook) was going to kill Vicky Lynn Holbrook and James David Crockett and had a .357 snub nose handgun in his possession,” Detective William Sewell of the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office wrote in his statement of probable cause.
Moreover, the suspect allegedly had abandoned an earlier plan to kill them because circumstances weren’t ideal, court records show.
“The witness stated that the murders were planned and that Marty
Cyle Holbrook was planning to do it several days prior; however, there were children present,” court records allege.
On the night of the incident, a neighbor looked out the window after hearing gunshots and saw Holbrook “fire a handgun at his stepbrother, James David Crockett, on the outside stairway of 938 West Pulaski Highway, striking him,” police said.
At that point, police added, the alleged gunman went to 434 West Pulaski Highway and fired several rounds at the door locks, before kicking in the door.
“After the door was forced open, the witness observed Marty Cyle Holbrook enter the residence, where he shot his step-mother, Vicky Lynn Holbrook,” court records allege.
Then, after fatally shooting his stepmother, Marty Holbrook stole her black 2004 Ford Explorer and drove away, police reported.
The neighbor, who called 911, was able to provide Cecil County Sheriff’s Office investigators with information. The two shooting victims were pronounced dead at the crime scene, which is hidden behind businesses fronting West Pulaski Highway, including a car-carrier shop and a tattoo parlor, both across the road from Paradise Motors dealership.
About two hours after the deadly shootings, a “concerned” relative drove Marty Holbrook to CCSO’s headquarters near Elkton and reported that Holbrook had “stated he did something very bad and hurt people,” police said.
The relative did so after Holbrook had arrived at his residence “in an SUV that he did not recognize, which was found to be” Vicky Holbrook’s stolen vehicle, police added.
Investigators found .357 caliber rounds on the floorboard of the vehicle that had been used to transport Marty Holbrook to the police station, according to police.
Sewell reported in court documents that he also had recovered .357 caliber shell casings and live rounds at the crime scene.
Because of a “medical condition unrelated to his arrest,” Marty Holbrook was taken to an undisclosed health care provider shortly after arriving at the headquarters and remained there under guard, police reported.
Immediately after his discharge, Marty Holbrook was formally arrested and charged with two counts each of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, first-degree assault, seconddegree assault, reckless endangerment, handgun on person and use of a handgun in the commission of a felony or crime of violence, court records show.
Holbrook remained in the Cecil County Detention Center without bond on Wednesday afternoon.
Albeit unrelated events, this marks the second fatal shooting incident in the Elkton area in two days, totaling three victims.
At 10:45 p.m. 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 Thursday, 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 Elkton-area residence Monday night.