LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - On Thursday, an Angelina County jury found a Lufkin man guilty of breaking into a woman's home and stealing her money in September of 2014 after deliberating a little more than an hour.
During the second day of the jury trial for Kentavian Holman, 20, a Lufkin Police Department detective took the stand.
Holman is charged with first-degree aggravated robbery.
According to police reports, Holman walked into the front door of the Hackney Street home of Peggy Beddingfield and demanded her money by threatening her with a knife and throwing her walker across the room. He took $40 in cash and coins and ran from the home. A witness recognized Holman and saw him drop his knife.
Detective Jarod Hennigan with the Lufkin Police Department testified that he helped with getting the arrest and search warrants. He told the jury that, based on Hughes' statement and what Beddington said, they had enough to make an arrest in the case.
Hennigan said the search warrant was for Holman's home on Sunset Boulevard.
At that point, the prosecutor showed pictured from the search of Holman's home.
When Lufkin Police officers executed the search warrant on Holman's house, they found loose change on his carpets. They also found a knife that had been put between two mattresses in the bedroom. The LPD officers also found several black-handled knives, and none of the other knives found in Holman's home indicated the one found between the mattresses was part of a set.
After Holman turned himself into authorities, his mother and two other people gave alibi statements saying that they saw him between certain hours.
Hennigan said three other witnesses gave statements three days later, which he found suspicious.
Holman gave LPD investigators the name of the person he thought had committed the crime. Hennigan said investigators determined that this other person didn't do it after they talked to him.
Later, the defense called Douglas Richard, one of Holman's friends, to the stand. Richard testified that Holman, two other people, and his grandmother were all at his house on the day of the crime and said that they went to the park after he woke up at about 1 p.m.
Richard said he didn't make a statement about Holman's whereabouts because he was at work. He said that he was working at Ray's Drive In at that time.
Holman was also charged with second-degree felony manslaughter in connection to a unrelated incident that occurred on Feb. 23, 2014. During a fight, Holman threw a gold club that struck another man in the head. The victim, Leonardo Garcia, died later as a result of his injuries.
Holman is scheduled to stand trial for that crime on Jan. 28, 2015.
For more information on the golf club-throwing incident, click this link.