Thanksgiving Day homicide suspect arrested in Des Moines
Information from Des Moines Police Department
On November 22, 2018 at 1159 a.m., Des Moines Police Department Officers responded to a 911 call of a shooting at Mt Rainer High School, located at 22450 19th Avenue South in the City of Des Moines. Upon arrival Des Moines Officers and first responders located a victim with a gunshot wound to his torso. The victim was identified as twenty-one year old Leuea Loto. He had been involved in a Thanksgiving Day football game with friends and family at the time of this incident. Loto was transported to Harborview Hospital where he received emergency medical treatment. Loto subsequently died of a single gunshot wound.
Investigators learned the football game had been an annual Thanksgiving Day tradition. Loto had been a participant in this game. During the course of the game a verbal dispute broke out between players on the opposing teams. The verbal dispute turned into a physical altercation. The two groups separated, one of which left the school grounds.
Through the course of the investigation a subject who has been identified as twenty five-year old William Oliver Holly had returned to the scene with a firearm. Upon his arrival back at Mount Rainer High School Holly indiscriminately fired multiple shots toward a large group people. One of the rounds struck Loto, who was not involved in the fight and caused his death.
During the course of this investigation Des Moines Detectives learned Holly had fled to Eagan Minnesota.
On February 15, 2019 Holly was charged by the King County Prosecutors Office for the crime of Murder in the First Degree with Extreme Indifference with a Firearm. Bail was set at $5,000,000. In addition Holly was wanted for a Domestic Violence warrant out of Minnesota with bail set at $40,000.
Des Moines Detectives began a joint investigation with the Eagan Police Department in order to take Holly into custody as a fugitive from Justice out of King County for the crime of Homicide.
On February 27th 2019 at 1:20 p.m. (Central Standard Time) the Eagan Minnesota Police Department was able to take Holly into custody without incident.
Chief Ken Thomas said, “I am extremely proud of the efforts of our detectives. This case was successfully resolved due to the relentless efforts of traditional professional investigative techniques and the use of cutting edge technology. Our partnership with other agencies to include the Eagan Minnesota Police Department and the King County Prosecutors office contributed to the success of this case. Our staff worked especially hard to try to bring closure and justice for the victim’s family.”
Holly will be booked as a Fugitive from Justice in Minnesota in preparation for his extradition to King County to face charges for the November 22, 2018 Homicide of Loto.