March 12, 2016 11:48 pm

Police arrest stepfather of slain 18-year-old special needs student

WATCH ABOVE: The stepfather of slain 18-year-old Holli Jeffcoat was arrested on Thursday night in a separate case. Police say they are investigating James Bryant Holland in Jeffcoat's murder.


Police in Lubbock County, Texas arrested 39-year-old James Bryant Holland on Thursday for continued sexual assault of a child. Holland is the stepfather of slain 18-year-old special needs student Holli Jeffcoat.

Jeffcoat was found stabbed to death in her home last month.

Holland was arrested for sexual assault of another underage person that spanned several years, according to an arrest warrant. The arrest was not connected to Jeffcoat.

Jeffcoat had told school officials at Lorenzo High that she had been sexually abused and was pregnant.

In January, Child Protective Services began an investigation and obtained a court order that removed Jeffcoat’s younger sibling from the home.

Police say they’re investigating Holland in the murder of Jeffcoat and that they expect to lay more charges against him.

James Bryant Holland taken into custody on Thursday

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Investigators have said they believe the killer tried to get rid of evidence by setting a fire.

“I had this huge smile on my face and I ran in the house and I said they arrested him they arrested him,” family member Ashley Waxler told KCBD News.

“I just couldn’t believe anyone could do anything like that to anybody,” she said. “She was only 18 years old! She had a long life to live and she only got to live just a little bit of it.”

Holland remains in jail on a $2-million dollar bond.

Waxler has begun a Facebook page, Justice For Holli Jeffcoat.

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