Retired Alabama school teacher convicted in husband’s 2016 killing (Blount County)

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Bobbie Green Holaway (Blount County Jail)

By Carol Robinson | [email protected]

A retired Blount County teacher was convicted Tuesday in the shooting death of her husband in their bedroom more than three years ago.

After a week-long trial, the jury deliberated for just 25 minutes before finding 63-year-old Bobbie Green Holaway guilty of murder in the slaying of Jerry Holaway. The shooting happened June 10, 2016. Blount County sheriff’s deputies responded about 8:45 p.m. that Friday to the couple’s home on Alabama 79 in Blountsville.

Authorities said Bobbie Holaway, a former Blountsville elementary school teacher, called 911 to report she had shot her husband. When lawmen arrived on the scene, Jerry Holaway was dead from gunshot wounds to the face and the chest. The couple had been married for about 35 years.

Bobbie Holaway told investigators her husband came into her room yelling and screaming at her two times before entering her room a third time when she says he began to hit her on her legs. According to Bobbie Holaway, she took a pistol out of her dresser and put it under her pillow after her husband left her room the second time. Jerry Holaway was 68 at the time of his death. Bobbie Holaway had no injuries when deputies arrived on the scene.

The Holaway’s owned and operated chicken houses in the Blountsville area. Blount County District Attorney Pamela L. Casey and Assistant District Attorney Scott Gilliland presented evidence during the trial that the couple’s estate was worth in excess of $1 million at the time of Jerry Holaway’s death. Following the shooting, Det. Scott Kanaday obtained a search warrant for Bobbie Holaway’s cell phone and phone records which contained evidence that she was having an extra-marital affair, was planning to divorce Jerry Holaway, and did not want her husband to get half of their estate.

Prosecutors also presented evidence that Bobbie Holaway and her boyfriend exchanged explicit text messages and continued to text each other throughout the day continuing almost up to the time of Jerry Holaway’s death. During the days leading up to Jerry Holaway’s death, Bobbie Holaway sent text messages telling her boyfriend she had a gun and asking him if he would feel differently about her if she ever had to use it. Bobbie Holaway also sent her paramour a text telling him she was willing to do whatever it takes to get her husband away from her.

Bobbie Holaway was represented by Birmingham defense attorneys James W. Parkman II, Clayton Tart, and Suzanne Norman. The defense team called Dr. Lynne Zager from West Tennessee Forensic Services in Memphis to testify on Bobbie Holaway’s behalf. Zager testified that Bobbie Holaway’s actions were the result of many years of verbal, psychological, and physical abuse culminating in battered wife syndrome. However, in her initial interview with law enforcement, she indicated that he had never been physical with her but had called her names at time during her marriage.

In her closing argument, Casey told jurors, “Domestic violence is real. But Jerry was not the perpetrator of domestic violence in this case.”

After the jury returned the guilty verdict, Casey said “I am happy for Jerry Holaway’s siblings. They remained committed to seeking justice for their brother and were here every day throughout the trial.”

Following the conviction, Bobbie Holaway was booked back into the Blount County Jail where she is held without bond. A sentencing date hasn’t been set yet but she faces a minimum of 20 years in prison.

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