Wake man accused of killing wife's parents, critically injuring wife

04/10/2014 5:56 AM

04/11/2014 5:33 AM

A Wendell man has been charged with two counts of murder after a shooting that killed his wife’s parents and left his wife in critical condition.

Nathan Lorenzo Holden of 6494 Stag Trail was arrested just before 3 a.m. Thursday and held without bail.

The Wake County Sheriff’s Office responded to calls at 9:48 p.m. Wednesday about a shooting at 1125 Lake Glad Road near Wendell. One of the calls came from LaTonya Holden, who told dispatchers that someone had shot her father before the call abruptly ended.

The second call came from one of the three Holden children, who told dispatchers his grandparents had been shot. The caller stayed on the phone with dispatchers until sheriff’s deputies arrived.

Officers found three gunshot victims: Latonya Holden, 32, who was transported to WakeMed; Anglia Smith Taylor, 57, who was found dead in the house; and Sylvester Taylor, 66, who was found dead in the yard outside.

Latonya Holden was listed in critical condition at WakeMed in Raleigh on Thursday.

Deputies began searching for a suspect, whom they identified as Nathan Holden. A dog tracked Holden to a field near a house on Holden Acres Drive near Wendell, where authorities said he opened fire on the dog handler and other deputies.

Deputies were able to arrest Holden in the field, which is off Hodge Road. No one was hurt in the altercation.

Anglia Smith Taylor was a pastor at Zion Hill Holiness Church in Wake Forest. Her biography on the church’s website says she and Sylvester Taylor have three children.

Latonya Holden, the Taylors’ daughter, was married to Nathan Holden, but the two were living separately after incidences of domestic violence, according to a protective order filed against Nathan Holden in January. The order says Latonya Holden moved out of the house she shared with Nathan Holden to her parents’ home on Lake Glad after Nathan Holden beat their son with a broom and physically abused her.

The order required Nathan Holden to stay away from his wife and three kids, ages 8, 9 and 15. It also required that Nathan Holden pay temporary child and spousal support.

Nathan Holden had few run-ins with the law until 2011, when he began racking up drug charges in the eastern part of Wake County, several of which had been dismissed.

He served 12 months of probation and was required to pay a $100 fine in addition to court fees for drug charges in 2011.

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