Woman, 11-year-old daughter shot dead in Spanaway

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SPANAWAY, Wash. - A homicide investigation is under way in Spanaway after a 40-year-old man walked into Pierce County Jail and told officers he had shot and killed his wife and child at their home.

 

KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reporter Alexandra Limon confirmed that 41-year-old Kristi Holmes and 11-year-old Violet Holmes were found dead Wednesday, shot to death, inside the home in the 15500 block of 20th Avenue Court East.   Their bodies were both on the bed in the master bedroom.

 

A second child is away at college, Capt. Ed Smith with the Pierce County Sheriff's Department said.

 

Smith said the man, identified as Dean Holmes,  arrived at the jail at 4:45 a.m. and confessed to the slayings.  Police took him into custody for questioning.  He has since been booked into the jail for investigation of two counts of first-degree murder.

 

According to information from the Sheriff’s Department obtained by KIRO 7’s partner the News Tribune, Holmes had been hiding financial issues from his wife, including lying about a home where they were supposed to move.

 

Holmes told police he shot his wife as she slept early Tuesday morning, then woke their daughter and her friend who had slept over that night, investigators said.

 

According to police, Holmes took both of the children in his car, dropped off the friend at her home in Auburn, and then drove around for some time with his daughter.  Police said Holmes told detectives that he eventually pulled over on the side of the road in Spanaway and shot his daughter as she sat inside the car.

 

He then drove to a fast food restaurant in Spanaway, purchased a meal for himself, then went home and placed his daughter's body next his wife's.

 

 After several hours of trying to clean his home and car, Holmes decided to turn himself in to police, the Sheriff’s Department said.

 

Detectives searched the home but no weapon has been found.

 

Holmes is expected to appear in court on Thursday.