Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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May 14, 2013

Holbrook pleads not guilty in ‘Nemo’ murder

SANDY HOOK — The man accused in the April 2011 murder of a 19-year-old Olive Hill resident whose bullet-riddled body was found in an Elliott County farm pond made his first court appearance on Monday.

Kyle Holbrook, 20, of Olive Hill, pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and tampering with physical evidence charges Monday in the slaying of Paul Dillon “Nemo” Bryant.

Holbrook did not speak during the proceeding in Elliott Circuit Court, but his attorney, Jeffrey Scott of Grayson, submitted a motion for bond to be set. Judge Rebecca Phillips overruled the request, citing the seriousness of the charges. A bond hearing and pre-trial conference will be held July 8 at 2 p.m.

About 20 friends and family members of the victim came to the arraignment, all wearing shirts depicting the title character from the Disney/Pixar film “Finding Nemo.”

“We have a great detective working on the case and I am really pleased with how things went today,”   said James Carroll. “The judge made a good decision with the bond and we were glad to hear it.”

Bryant made his home with Carroll and his late wife, Pam, who was killed in a automobile accident in September.

Holbrook was indicted in April by an Elliott County grand jury. He was arrested by Kentucky State Police Detective Toby Gardner at the Rowan County Detention Center, where he had been lodged on unrelated drug trafficking charges.

Bryant, a 2010 West Carter High School graduate, went missing on Feb. 28, 2011. His disappearance prompted an intense search and an outpouring of community support. The murder investigation began after Bryant’s body was recovered from a farm pond on the Holbrook family’s property on April 3, 2011.

Police have confirmed that Bryant was last seen at the Holbrook family home prior to his disappearance. An autopsy revealed that he had died as the result of multiple gunshot wounds. No weapon has been recovered in the case.

Holbrook is being held in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

LEEANN AKERS can be reached at lakers@journal-times.com or by phone at 474-5101.


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