Woman indicted for alleged assassination attempt on estranged husband

Monday, January 30, 2012 at 4:25pm
Staff reports
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Katherine Louise Holmes

Katherine Louise Holmes surrendered to police Monday morning after a grand jury indictment charged her with attempted first-degree murder for a failed assassination of her estranged husband last August.

Katherine Holmes, 27, of Seminary Road in Smyrna, is in jail in lieu of $200,000 bond.

The incident in question happened Aug. 24, when Joel Andrew Holmes, 28, survived a gunshot wound to the head.

The next day police arrested Barry Dean Haislip, 25, who they said admitted to shooting Joel Holmes. Joel Holmes arrived in the parking lot of Summit Apartments on Mountain High Drive just after 7 p.m. to meet his estranged wife and exchange the couple’s two children.

According to police, a short time later Haislip approached Joel Holmes and shot him in the head.

Police believe Haislip and Katherine Holmes, who was also in the parking lot with the children at the time of the shooting, conspired to kill Joel Holmes.

3 Comments on this post:

By: govskeptic on 1/31/12 at 7:37

It would certainly appear these two had first-degree murder as their
assignment for the day! Mr. Holmes was one lucky guy to survive.

By: Moonglow1 on 1/31/12 at 9:54

Moonglow1: guns, guns, and more guns in this lawless state. All gun purchasers should be subject to a background check. He was lucky to survive. Now the shooter should pay for his medical care as well.

By: spooky24 on 2/1/12 at 8:41

If this is such a slam dunk then why present it to the grand jury in the first place. You noticed neither suspect bolted and have Rich McGee as their council.
The shooter has a bail of $100,000-normally it would be at least $500,000 if any at all.

What are we not being told?

sp