Son Charged In Former Eclectic Mayor and Wife’s Murder

Jesse Madison HoltonThe former mayor of Eclectic and his wife are dead after authorities say they were shot by their 17-year-old son.

Jesse Holton is in custody and charged with the murder of his father Mike Holton.

The Holtons lived with their three sons just outside of Eclectic.

Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin says deputies were called out Sunday because the oldest, Jesse, had thrown a party and his parents wanted to send him to juvenile court for drug use and trashing the home.

Not 20 minutes after the deputies left, they were called back and found the Holtons shot in the head. Mike Holton was dead at the scene. April was taken to the hospital for treatment, but soon died of her injuries.

“Our findings on what we thought was taking place actually from the word we get back from the pathologist down in Montgomery is what we initially thought. Mr. Holton did not take his life, Mr. Holton did not take Ms. Holton’s life. There had to be a third party. The only third party in the house is the 17-year-old,” said Sheriff Franklin.

Franklin says Jesse Holton went to a neighbor’s home to say his parents were arguing, which is when the deputies were called, but his story didn’t add up with investigators.
He hadn’t had any run ins with the law, but he has had some trouble at home.

“He’s exhibited some anger issues in the past. He’s on some medication. He told us quote unquote that as long as he took his marijuana and he took his medication then he’s ok. But when he doesn’t do that he tends to get agitated,” said Franklin.

The murder has rocked the town. Not only was Mike a former mayor, but April worked at the water works.

Current mayor Gary Davenport says he knew them well, and he never would have expected something like this.

“Mainly shock, it was something that you just can’t prepare for. Both families being from here everyone’s kind of in a state of shock and numbness,” said Davenport.

According to Sheriff Franklin, Jesse Holton charged as an adult. He’s currently in the Elmore County jail on a $500,000 bond. He says they will be pursing a second murder charge following the death of his mother earlier this afternoon.

Sheriff Franklin says he will likely appear before a grand jury in January.

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