On Wednesday, March 27, a jury at the Saginaw Country Circuit Court in Saginaw, Michigan took less than 15 minutes to deliberate and convict 21-year-old Lashon T. Hollman for the murder of his neighbor.
On January 31, 2012, Hollman stabbed then 28-year-old Cassandra Nelson 54 times on the back of her head, neck and upper back before dropping a TV on her head. County Medical Examiner, Kanu Verani, found that Nelson died by drowning in her own blood.
The incident occurred in Nelson’s Saginaw home. Although Hollman’s DNA was on the weapon and in the house, and his best friend testified that he admitted to the murder, Hollman’s defense lawyer Matthew Frey argued that there were “unexplainable details” about the case that didn’t make sense. His arguments though did not convince the jury of four men and eight women.
As the jury gave their verdict, Hollman lowered his head and cried. The jury convicted of Hollman of torture, premeditated first-degree murder, felony murder and carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent. He received a life sentence without chance of parole. He must start serving his sentence on May 9th.
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