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UPDATE: Ashland Youth Admits Guilt for Stabbing of Mother, Sister

An Ashland boy accused of killing his mother and seriously injuring his sister is set to appear in Juvenile Court on Tuesday.

Posted: Aug 27, 2018 9:59 AM
Updated: Aug 28, 2018 12:05 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. —

UPDATE: Ashland teen Ezekial Holmes went before a judge on Tuesday and admitted guilt for the murder of his mother and attempted murder of his sister in the stabbing incident that occurred in January of 2017.

Holmes' sentencing hearing is set for October 15 of 2018. His case has been prosecuted in Juvenile Court—so despite the serious charges, Holmes was tried as a minor.

(Updated 8/28/18 at 12 p.m.)


UPDATE: The father of Ashland youth Ezekial Holmes has released a statement to the media regarding the murder case and the predicted outcome. The full text of Jim Holmes' statement is reproduced below:

"As you can imagine, we've had an awful year and a half. Tomorrow, Tuesday 28 August 2018 my son will admit to murdering my wife and attacking my daughter.

"There are a great many people who've helped us get through this difficult time. I'd like to express my gratitude to a few of them. I apologize to those left off this list.

"First off, I'd like to thank District Attorney Beth Heckert and Deputy DA Ruby Herriott. Their decision to leave my son Zeke in the juvenile system is by far the best path for him, especially given that he was only 12 years old when he committed these acts.

"Just as importantly, leaving Zeke in the juvenile system is the right path to serve justice for my dead wife Pam Wolosz and my traumatized daughter Lydia Holmes.

"From the early days after the attack my driving concern has been the safety of my daughter after Zeke's release. Based on evaluations by mental health experts for both the state and defense I am confident that Lydia will be able to have a safe life without risk of another attack from her brother.

"I also need to thank Karey Casebier, Zeke's Probation Officer, and the staff at the Juvenile Detention Center. They've taken great care in this last year and a half to keep my son healthy, engaged, and moving forward. Zeke will soon transition to the Oregon Youth Authority, which will be a crucial part of Zeke growing into a young man who can lead a safe, productive, rich life.

"Additionally, I'd like to thank the staff of the Oregon Crime Victim Services department. Their program's financial support has taken a significant weight off my shoulders at a time when I was overloaded with so many other burdens.

"I can't express enough gratitude to Zeke's legal and mental heath experts. Emily Simon, Jeni Feinberg, Ari Steinberg-Lake, and the rest of the team have taken us under their wings and gotten us to a resolution, that while it's still awful in nature, is the best possible outcome for Zeke and my family.

"I'd like to thank the many amazing, loving healthcare providers who are helping my daughter return to a life with less physical and mental pain.

"I'd also like to thank the community here in the Ashland and Medford area. We've had a tremendous outpouring of support, prayers, and love. We've also been blessed with the quiet and space necessary as we figure out our paths forward.

"Additionally, we've had an amazing flood of support from my professional community across the nation and internationally. My family has been lifted up in prayer and thoughts by complete strangers or people I've only met online, or for a few moments at one of my various workshops, talks, or hallway chats.

"Finally, we've been blessed with space and quiet during the last 18 months. Please continue to give us that space to continue our healing."

(Updated 8/27/18 at 3:24 p.m.)


INITIAL REPORT: An Ashland youth accused of stabbing his mother and sister, killing the former, is expected to admit to those crimes in Juvenile Court on Tuesday, according to the Jackson County District Attorney's office.

Police took 12-year-old Ezekial Holmes into custody on January 10 of 2017 after officers arrived at the family home to find his mother dead and his 16-year-old sister seriously wounded—both stabbed with a knife.

A statement from the DA's office says that Holmes is set to attend a Status Check Hearing in Juvenile Court on Tuesday, where they expect him to admit guilt for charges of Murder, Attempted Murder and Assault in the 1st Degree. If this occurs, the court will schedule another hearing in several months for his sentencing.

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