A search warrant that was served on the home of Tyler Holder, the Texas teen accused of murdering his young neighbor, Alanna Gallagher, 6, indicates a letter addressed to Holder’s mother was one of the items seized by the FBI, according to a July 26, 2013, WFAA report.
According to the warrant receipt, the sealed letter was addressed to Holder’s mother and said, “I love you, I’m sorry.” It included a crumpled piece of paper as well with the words “Mom I” on it, WFAA reports.
The local news media outlet also notes that red duct tape, toilet paper, belts, condoms, and several other things—amounting to a total of 153 items—were also seized.
A red plastic gasoline can and patio torch fuel were also recovered. WFAA reports Alanna’s father’s car was set on fire in the family driveway on July 19.
The arrest warrant for Holder, 17, indicates that on July 1, he sexually assaulted Alanna before suffocating her with four grocery bags secured with duct tape. The document states he then put her nude body into a black trash bag and left it on the side of the road under a tarp.
According to the New York Daily News, on July 20, police obtained DNA evidence from Alanna’s body and a belt buckle found at the crime scene. The DNA matched a sample Holder voluntarily provided the FBI on July 5.
On July 23, Holder was shot in the head when police showed up at his home to arrest him. Authorities say he opened fire and wounded Arlington Police Det. Charles Lodatto.
WFAA reports that Lodatto was moved out of intensive care on July 25, however, Holder remains in serious condition.
Holder faces charges of murder in Alanna’s death and attempted murder of a police officer.
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