Attorneys Make Final Case For, Against Holden, Who Could Get Death Penalty

Nathan Holden walks into a Wake County courtroom on June 2, 2015, for a bond hearing in his murder case.

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— Attorneys on Thursday were making their closing arguments in the double murder trial of Nathan Holden.

Holden, 32, does not deny that he shot and killed his ex-wife’s parents and shot and pistol-whipped his ex-wife in April 2014, but his lawyers, trying to save him from the death penalty, have said that his rampage was not premeditated.

LaTonya 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.

Holden’s defense consisted of just a day of witnesses, family members who painted a picture of the defendant as a loving father pushed him to the brink.

Before his testimony and without the jury in the room, Holden’s father, Jamal Carroll apologized to the families of the victims for their loss and pain.

Carroll remembered the phone call he received from Holden on the night of the murders.

“(He said) ‘Take care of my kids dad, I’m out of here,’ and hung up,” Carroll said.

Closing arguments were scheduled to begin Thursday morning, and the jury could begin deliberations as early as Thursday afternoon.