A 22-year-old man was arrested Tuesday and charged with the triple murder in June of an elderly couple and their adult grandson in their Wolfe Street home, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
Roger Owens of Brunswick is charged with three counts of malice murder in the shooting deaths of Carson Holliman Sr., 64, and Vondell Holliman, 63, and 24-year-old Christopher Holliman, said Stacy Carson, Special Agent-in-Charge of the GBI’s Kingsland office.
No further information on Owens was available when the arrest was announced shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Police discovered the three Hollimans shot to death inside their home at 2220 Wolfe St. on the afternoon of June 18, a Sunday. The Hollimans were very active members of Zion Baptist Church in Brunswick, and church members called police after the three did not attend services that day.
Brunswick Police and the GBI have investigated the murders jointly since that date. Within days, a $15,000 reward was offered for information leading to an arrest in the case, with the GBI, Brunswick and Glynn County police each contributing an equal amount of money in an attempt to create a break in the case.
As the weeks passed without an arrest, city and GBI investigators insisted the case had not gone cold and was still very much active. Brunswick Police Chief Kevin Jones said early on that “good hard evidence” was being processed at the GBI Crime Lab in Savannah.
“The triple homicide is still an ongoing investigation,” said Brunswick Police Capt. Angela Smith. “GBI investigators and Brunswick police investigators have worked diligently and methodically on this case and the efforts will continue.”
The grisly murders inside the modest wood-frame home where Carson and Vondell Holliman had lived for years shocked the community earlier this summer. Friends, neighbors and the community in general were left reeling by the senseless killings of such unlikely targets.
Carson Holliman was a former track and football standout at Risley High School and later at Glynn Academy. He worked for years in firearm support services at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, where he gained a reputation as dependable and likable. Vondell Holliman was active in Zion Baptist’s many outreach programs, and also volunteered as a poll worker with the county’s elections office.
Christopher Holliman was the son of the Rev. C.J. Holliman, an African Methodist Episcopal pastor in Atlanta and the son of the elder Hollimans. Although Christopher Holliman contended with the difficulties of autism, he earned a culinary arts certificate at Coastal Pines Technical College, and also worked at the now-shuttered Winn-Dixie grocery store on Atlama Avenue, where he was a well-liked cashier by customers and co-workers alike.
He was active in Zion Baptist activities, playing drums for the church’s adult and youth choirs and sharing his love of gospel and inspirational spoken word rap.
Winn-Dixie co-workers reported last seeing Christopher Holliman when he worked a shift at the store on June 16, a Friday. So faithful were the Hollimans about attending church, that missing a single service two days later prompted concerned parishioners to check on them afterward. When no one answered knocks at the door, police were called.
Police made their way inside and discovered the three Hollimans shot dead.