3 will be convicted of killing a pregnant Texas woman because she “felt the pain of a miscarriage”

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB / KRBC) – Three suspects will be convicted of killing a Texas woman during a brutal assault they say they committed because they wanted her to “feel the pain of a miscarriage.”

Casey Kennedy, Alexander Lopez and Courtney Whitley filed open lawsuits on murder charges this month over the deaths of their roommate Kelly Holder, 24, and their unborn child. The crime took place in August 2019.

According to court documents, Holder suffered an “extreme beating,” including severe torso trauma, suffocation and grotesque sexual assault.

Preliminary autopsy results reveal that Holder’s unborn son, conceived about six weeks before his death, only died because Holder died. The fetus showed no other signs of trauma.

On August 3, it was found that Holder was not responding inside a house. The three roommates were quickly arrested and interrogated.

They all denied knowing anything about how Holder was injured, but documents indicate his stories contained many discrepancies, and eventually authorities put together what probably happened.

Roommates told police they were angry with Holder for allegedly causing Whitley to have a miscarriage and also “letting men into the house while everyone slept so they could rape Courtney and Casey,” according to documents.

They confronted Holder on Aug. 2, and when she refused to admit the allegations, they began beating her, saying she “wanted him to feel the pain of a miscarriage.”

Documents indicate the suspects admitted to punching and kicking Holder in the chest, as well as strangling her.

Whitley also allegedly sat on Holder’s torso as he bounced up and down.

Finally, according to the documents revealed, Lopez “told them to treat Mrs. Holder as if she were in prison and handed Casey a wooden wand.”

Kennedy handed the wand to Whitley, who used it to sexually assault Holder, according to documents.

Judicial officials said the suspects will be convicted in about 45 days, following their respective pre-sentence investigations.