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.


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