A Wayne County woman told investigators she intended to kill her father Friday when she used a flammable liquid, identified as "camper fuel," and a candle to light him on fire, court documents revealed Monday.
Nina M. Holbrook, 30, was officially charged Monday with murder, felony murder and two counts of arson (Class A felonies). She made her first appearance Monday in Wayne County Superior Court 1 and remains lodged in the Wayne County Jail without bond.
Nina Holbrook's father, Carl D. Holbrook, 50, of 10037 Chapel Road died at 7:21 p.m. Friday at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio, after being airlifted to the facility. He was found badly burned at about 12:10 p.m. Friday on the porch of his residence by a man who was supposed to meet with him.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, Carl Holbrook told the man who found him that Nina had set him on fire.
Nina Holbrook told investigators she got the fuel and took it to her room and poured some in a cup while her father was gone.
She said she also got a candle and a lighter and when her father returned home she lit the candle. She then called him into her bedroom, where she threw the fuel in his face and then put the candle to his chest, setting him on fire, the affidavit said.
Nina Holbrook told investigators she then climbed out her bedroom window and walked through a field and down the road, where she was spotted by her uncle, Harvey Holbrook.
The incident took place at the end of a lane on the south side of Chapel Road, between Clevenger and Hiser Station roads in Washington Township.
According to the affidavit, Harvey Holbrook told authorities when he stopped on the road to ask Nina what happened, she told him, "I torched him" and "I set him on fire."
"We are still interviewing people and still investigating this," Wayne County Sheriff Jeff Cappa said Monday when asked if Nina Holbrook provided investigators any motive for the crime. "We don't have anything to release at this time."
A plea of not guilty was entered by the judge for Nina Holbrook during her initial hearing Monday in Wayne County Superior Court 1, and Stephen Rabe was appointed as her public defender. Nina Holbrook's next court appearance will be 1:30 p.m. Sept. 8. Her trial has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Oct. 11.
If convicted, she would face between 45 and 65 years in prison for murder, where a person "knowingly or intentionally kills another human being," and felony murder, described as killing another in the act of an additional felony such as arson, burglary, rape or robbery.
She could also face between 20 and 50 years in prison for each of two counts of arson, and be fined up to $10,000 on each of the charges against her. ..Source.. by Robert Sullivan
Daughter 'poured lighter fluid over her sex offender dad, set him on fire and left him to die'
A daughter poured a cup of lighter fluid over her sex offender dad and set him on fire before leaving his house while he burned to death, police said.
Nina Holbrook, 30, allegedly set alight dad Carl Holbrook, 50, of Wayne County, Indiana, before passing a neighbour and giving him a ‘thumbs-up’.
She allegedly told him to come inside his house and set about the horrific attack before telling her uncle what she had just done outside.
Mr Holbrook has been convicted of two sex crimes in 1995 and 2007, when he was jailed for criminal deviate behaviour, reported True Crime Report.
He was waiting outside his home last Friday for a visitor when Ms Holbrook asked him to come inside to discuss something.
But inside a bedroom she poured lighter fluid over his head and ignited it with a candle before he began to burn to death, police said.
She allegedly calmly left the house while he screamed, and bumped into her uncle Harvey Holbrook, whom Mr Holbrook had been waiting for.
She told her uncle: 'I torched him', reported the Palladium-Item.
He found Mr Holbrook with most of his clothes singed, before he was taken to a local hospital and died from his injuries soon after.
Ms Holbrook then bumped into her neighbour Kyle Carpenter and allegedly told him she had set her father on fire while smiling.
He is said to have asked her: 'Are you alright?' She allegedly smiled and replied: 'No sir, I'm fine. Thank you very much.'
Mr Carpenter claimed she then gave him a thumbs-up sign.
Police are yet to establish a motive in the killing. Ms Holbrook has been charged with felony murder and arson. She is being held without bond.
The exact nature of Mr Holbrook’s past sex crimes is not yet known but he was not a registered sex offender, according to Sheriff's Office records. ..Source.. by Mark Duell