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Trial begins for man accused of killing in-laws, shooting wife

Posted February 14

— The trial of a Wendell man accused of fatally shooting his in-laws and seriously wounding his wife is set to begin Tuesday in Wake County.

Investigators say Nathan Holden, 32, shot Latonya Holden, Angelia Smith Taylor and Sylvester Taylor on April 9, 2014, at their home in eastern Wake County. Three children in the home, a 15-year-old boy and two 8-year-old girls, were unharmed.

Smith Taylor, 57, was found dead inside the home, and Taylor, 66, was found dead in the yard, investigators said.

Investigators say Nathan Holden went back into the house, where his estranged wife and the couple's three children were hiding in a closet.

Latonya Holden was shot in the face and chest before the gun jammed, then Nathan Holden beat her with the butt of the pistol, investigators said.

Nathan Holden then fled the scene, according to authorities, and they went to his home, at 3535 Holden Acres Lane – about 10 miles away from the shooting scene – and used a K-9 unit to track him to a nearby field.

According to investigators, Holden opened fire on the K-9 handler and other deputies before he was taken into custody.

If convicted, Holden could face the death penalty.


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  • Shirl Graham Feb 14, 2017
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    All the text messages Nat sent to his B-I-L says Nat had intent months before he actually killed Tonya's parents and attempted to kill her.

  • Shirl Graham Feb 14, 2017
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    It appears the male victim did not have a weapon when he was shot. At least I have not heard any evidence so far supporting that a weapon was found on or near his body. So the self defense angle if out the window at this time.

  • Maureen Mercer Feb 14, 2017
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    May he have a short life and donate his organs.

  • Catherine Edwards Feb 14, 2017
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    You murder someone you lose your life too.