No bond for ex-cop accused in Bean Station pharmacy murders

No bond for ex-cop accused in Bean Station pharmacy murders

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Jason Bryan Holt enters the courtroom Thursday before his arraignment hearing. Jason Bryan Holt enters the courtroom Thursday before his arraignment hearing.
"Jason was a good person. He'd do anything for anybody to help them. I just don't know. He just snapped or something," said Rita Lane. "Jason was a good person. He'd do anything for anybody to help them. I just don't know. He just snapped or something," said Rita Lane.
"Just to know what his family is going through. His wife had to tell the kids that their daddy's not coming home," said Lovell family friend Janet Jordan. "Just to know what his family is going through. His wife had to tell the kids that their daddy's not coming home," said Lovell family friend Janet Jordan.

By JILL MCNEAL
6 News Anchor/Reporter

RUTLEDGE (WATE) - The former police officer accused of killing the owner of a Bean Station pharmacy and a customer, and injuring two others, was ordered Thursday to be held without bond.

Jason Bryan Holt, 37, is charged in the double murder at the Down Home Pharmacy last week during a robbery attempt.

Pharmacy owner Stephen Lovell and a customer, Richard Sommerville, were shot and killed.

Alexia Wilson and Janet Clift were also shot. They survived.

The pharmacy is still closed, with a note on the door from Lovell's wife saying thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated. Some people have left notes of comfort and support. Others have left flowers.

Many friends and relatives of the victims were in court for Holt's arraignment Thursday. Holt's mother and cousin were there as well.

As Holt entered the courtroom in stripes and chains, muffled sobs came from both sides of the gallery.

"Just to know what his family is going through. His wife had to tell the kids that their daddy's not coming home," said Lovell family friend Janet Jordan.

Investigators said Lovell had already given Holt the pain pills he demanded when Holt pulled the trigger.

"That man had everything he wanted in that drug store. He had it. Steve handed it over and he still killed him. For what?" Jordan said.

Holt's cousin was also emotional today.

"I saw him and I know probably what's going to happen to him. He'll probably never be out no more," said Rita Lane.

Lane said she's sad for all the families involved.

"It's bad for Jason's family and the victims' families too," Lane said.

Lane said she can't explain what happened.

"Jason was a good person. He'd do anything for anybody to help them. I just don't know. He just snapped or something," she said.

The judge appointed a public defender, then deemed Holt a flight risk and a danger to the community and ordered no bond be set. That means he'll stay in jail at least until his preliminary hearing which is scheduled for June 20.

Holt is charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of premeditated first-degree murder, two counts of felony murder and one count of especially aggravated robbery.

District Attorney General Jimmy Dunn has said the death penalty is under consideration for Holt, but a decision on that will not be made for several months.

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