Parents Charged with Killing Man

By |2018-06-15T13:20:42-05:00June 15, 2018 6:19 am|Local News|0 Comments

POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KDKZ-TV) A southeast Missouri mother and father have been charged with killing a man who attacked the couple’s 12-year-old son during a monster truck event.

Brenda Michelle Holt, 40, and Rickey Brunell Holt, 39, of Bunker, Missouri, were freed on bond Monday, however they are charged with felony voluntary manslaughter in the death of 41-year-old Joe Girard of Oak Ridge.

The melee started Saturday when Girard slapped or punched the boy while people were camping at Brick’s Off-Road Park in Poplar Bluff during the “Trucks Gone Wild” event.

The boy fled to a family friend who was standing nearby and that another family friend then hit Girard several times.  The boy’s mother and father then showed up at the camp and began beating Girard.

Witnesses described Girard as highly intoxicated and said he then began tearing up the camp.

The autopsy of Girard shows that he died from asphyxiation after his larynx was fractured and a neck bone broken.

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