Holt Double Murder Suspect Was Arrested Robbery Hours After Killings
The man police believe is responsible for a double murder and house fire in Holt was arrested in an unrelated theft incident hours after the murders allegedly took place, according to depositions filed in the cases.
As previously reported by the Tuscaloosa Thread, foul play was suspected when officers with the Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit were called to Garber Street in Holt where the bodies of a man and woman were found in a burned mobile home on May 11.
The victims' cause of death has not been previously released, but according to court records, the female victim in the case, Shelli Wallace, was fatally stabbed. The male victim, Eric Hatter, was shot before the mobile home they occupied was set on fire.
According to multiple court documents obtained by the Tuscaloosa Thread, the murder was believed to have occurred at some point on May 9, but the fire was not reported until May 11 when Wallace's family discovered the burned home during a welfare check after not hearing from her for several days.
On Tuesday, Captain Jack Kennedy, the commander of the Violent Crimes Unit identified the suspect in the killings as 39-year-old Patrick Darnell Campos, who has been arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in the case.
Additional documents revealed on the morning of May 10, hours after the killings are believed to have taken place, Campos was arrested for allegedly robbing a woman of her car at gunpoint at a gas station on Covered Bridge Road in Brookwood.
Campos reportedly got in the woman's Chevrolet Equinox, showed her a handgun in his waistband and drove off, but ultimately returned to the gas station and got back in the vehicle he had driven to the store, which was also reportedly stolen.
Deputies caught up with Campos later on the morning of the 10th on Highway 11 in Woodstock and arrested him in connection with the robbery at the gas station. He was allegedly in possession of a small pill bottle that had marijuana in it when he was pulled over.
Campos was charged with multiple crimes on the 10th, including first-degree robbery, first-degree theft, second-degree possession of marijuana and use or possession of drug paraphernalia. He was booked into the Tuscaloosa County Jail on a combined $102,000 bond and was released on May 13, before he was developed as a suspect in the murders.
Campos is currently being without bond on the capital murder charges in the Tuscaloosa County Jail. He will remain there until the case is settled by trial or plea agreement.
If convicted in the case, Campos could face life in prison or the death penalty.
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