When Nena Grace asked me if I had heard about what Lashon Hollman did, I almost laughed. Not because I thought it was funny, but because it just sounded funny. It's no laughing matter though, and the jury who only deliberated 15 minutes before finding him guilty didn't think so either.
Authorities say that the 21-year old from Saginaw, Mich. dropped a "fatback TV" on his neighbor Cassandra Nelson's head then stabbed the 27-year old in the back and neck area 54 times before leaving her for dead back in February 2012.
Details are scarce, and although Hollman maintains that he didn't kill Nelson, his DNA was found on a bloody bread knife that was found underneath her mattress and a beer can near the body. Hollman admitted that he was in Nelson's home with Nelson and another man. He left for a few minutes and when he returned, the other man was assaulting Nelson. Hollman also told investigators that he sat with Nelson for 10-15 minutes while she begged him to not let her die.
but he never called for help
Quamay Henne, listed as Hollman's best friend, was visiting from out of town and told detectives that Hollman confessed that he "stabbed the *expletive* out of her". However, on the MLive website, a friend of Hollman's who isn't named, made some comments that may have been useful to the police:
This "friend" goes on to say:
so you have a letter from the one person who said that Hollman confessed to killing Nelson saying how sorry he is for lying and you're not doing anything more than defending your friend's "honor" on websites?
In the words of my 18-month old son, "Really?"
Hollman was convicted of first-degree premeditated murder, felony murder, torture, larceny, and carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent, but whoever dropped the TV on that woman's head and stabbed her 54 times had to have been pretty damn mad. After the TV on the head, that should've been it. How tiring must it be to stab some over 50 times?
The TV alone did her in, according to the medical examiner, and the 54 stabs were overkill...literally.