Toolbox Murder Reward

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The mother of a man convicted of murdering his estranged wife and stuffing her body in a toolbox is offering 50-thousand dollars for information proving her son's innocence.

Ricky Holley is serving life in prison without parole in the 1997 killing of Leigh Ann Holley, whose beaten body was found by fishermen in the Kanawha River. The body of the Cross Lanes woman was partially decapitated with a dog leash draped around the neck.

Jean Holley says her son is not capable of such a heinous crime. The family and friends offered a ten-thousand reward in 2000 and have managed to increase the amount five times since then. The reward will go to anyone who provides information that results in Ricky Holley being exonerated and released from prison.

A key to the toolbox was found in Holley's vehicle and a humane officer testified that not long before the murder, he had given Holley a dog leash similar to the one found with the body.

Holley, who is serving his time at Mount Olive Correctional Complex, has exhausted his appeals.

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