LaTonya Taylor Allen & Nathan Holden

Background

Nathan Holden was convicted of shooting the mother of his children, Latonya Taylor Allen.

LaTonya Taylor Allen was shot in the face and chest before the gun was jammed.

Upon the gun jamming, she was beaten with the butt of the pistol.

Minutes before, Latonya Taylor Allen’s parents, Angelia Smith Taylor and Sylvester Taylor, were shot.

Allen’s three children with Holden, J.T., a 15-year-old boy ( JT ), and their two 8-year-old girls, Nautica and Amber,  were in the home at the time.

Thankfully, the children were unharmed.

The incident happened in April 2014.

 

Stories

WRAL

Victim’s daughters beg deputy after double homicide: ‘I don’t want to be shot’

Link

Raleigh, N.C. — Prosecutors played an emotional video in court Monday in the trial of Nathan Holden, a 32-year-old man who admits to shooting and killing his in-laws, and pistol-whipping his ex-wife in April 2014.

Investigators say Holden shot LaTonya Taylor Allen in the face and chest before the gun jammed, then beat her with the butt of the pistol.

Holden does not deny that he killed Allen’s parents, Angelia Smith Taylor and Sylvester Taylor, and tried to kill her in their Wendell home, but his lawyers plan to argue that his rampage was not premeditated.

Allen’s three children with Holden, a 15-year-old boy and two 8-year-old girls, were in the home at the time, but they were unharmed.

Wake County Deputy Jeremy Evans was one of the first people on the scene the night of the shootings and ended up with the children, Nautica, Amber, and Justin, in his patrol car.

The 30-minute dash camera video that jurors watched was part of a conversation they had in his patrol car.

In the video, the two girls consistently tell the deputy that they are afraid their father might come back to shoot them. The deputy assures the children they are safe.

The children also cry for their mother and grandparents and pray they are safe.

Jeremy called his paternal grandfather and explained what happened.

“Daddy did something really stupid. He shot grandpa and grandma and beat mama,” he said. “I heard one gunshot. I didn’t know what happened.”

The girls can be heard repeatedly saying, “don’t call the police because I think (Holden) is going to shoot us. I don’t want to be shot.

At the time, the girls did not understand that the deputy was the “police.” Evans was able to calm the three children down during the conversation.

The children also prayed their grandparents survived the attack.

Please let my grandma and grandpa be okay because I love them very much,” they said.

After the video, the jury also looked at graphic crime scene photos while analysts testified about them with clinical precision.

If convicted of the murders of his in-laws and the assault on his ex-wife, Holden could face the death penalty.

 

Videos

 

TV News Coverage

  1. WRAL
    • Jurors hear an emotional conversation between deputy, victim’s children
      • Profile
        • Prosecutors played an emotional video in court Monday morning in the trial of Nathan Holden, a 32-year-old man who admits to shooting and killing his in-laws, and pistol-whipping his ex-wife in April 2014
      • Videos
        • Channel:- WRAL
          Published On:- 2017-February-20th
          Added On:- 2022-January-2nd
          Link

 

Chronicle

  1.  Dave’s Lemonade
    • Nathan Holden’s Rampage
      • Profile
        • Nathan Holden loses the only relationship that he’s ever known and gives in to his rage.
      • Videos
        • Channel:- Dave’s Lemonade
          Published On:- 2021-November-10th
          Added On:- 2021-December-6th
          Link

 

Court Room Proceedings

  1. Law&Crime Network
    • Nathan Holden Trial Day 1 Part 4 (LaTonya Allen testifies)
      • Profile
        • Nathan Holden Trial Day 1 Part 4
      • Videos
        • Channel:- Law&Crime Network
          Published On:- 2017-February-14th
          Added On:- 2021-December-6th
          Link
    • Nathan Holden Trial Day 2 Part 1 (Victim LaTonya Allen Continues)
      • Profile
        • Nathan Holden Trial Day 2 Part 1 (Victim Latonya Allen Continues)
      • Videos
        • Channel:- Law&Crime Network
          Published On:- 2017-February-15th
          Added On:- 2021-December-10th
          Link

 

Family Tree

  1. Participants
    • Victims
      • LaTonya Taylor Allen
        • Parents
          • Angelia Smith Taylor ( Mother )
          • Sylvester Taylor ( Father )
    • Impacted
      • LaTonya Taylor Allen
        • Children
          • Jeremy Taylor ( JT ) – Son
          • Nautica Holden ( Daughter )
          • Amber Holden ( Daughter )
        • Siblings
          • Captain Taylor ( Brother )
          • Mark Tonio Roster ( Brother )
            • Erica ( Wife )
          • Sylvester Taylor Junior ( Brother )
            • Carli Taylor ( Wife )
        • Spouse
          • Jamal Allen ( Husband )
        • Mother Side
          • Grandparents
            • Haddie Smith ( Mother’s Mum )
          • Aunt
            • Sharon Johnson ( Mum’s Sister )
              • Hannah Johnson ( Daughter )
        • Dad’s Side
          • Christie Carter ( Niece )
        • Friends
          • Gia
    • Neighbor
      • Calet Wallet
    • Law Enforcement
      • Ronnie Bird

Graced To Recover

LaTonya, her Children ( Nautica, Amber, and Justin ) and extended family continue to live in North Carolina.

LaTanoya is a motivational speaker; speaking out on domestic violence.

She is working on a memoir of her life, ‘Graced to Recover’.

 

Beloved

Beloved, you can cry.

You can weep along.

You can pray.

Most importantly be nice to people as you can never be so very sure of what they are trying to outrun on a given day.

 

Referenced Work

  1. WRAL
    • Murder defendant: In-laws, ex ‘got what they deserved’
      Link
    • Victim’s daughters beg deputy after double homicide: ‘I don’t want to be shot’
      Link

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