Taking Stock

By: Beth Shayne
By: Beth Shayne

We've seen witness, after witness, after witness, after witness take the stand, as prosecutors asks the judge to find "probable cause" Lisa and Tim Holland murdered their adoptive son Ricky.

"Is it a difficult standard to meet? Generally, no," says former federal prosecutor and Cooley Law professor Patrick Corbett. He says preliminary exams rarely take more than a few hours, but in this case, the attorneys seem to be pulling out all the stops.

"Think about the downside if [the prosecutor] doesn't," Corbett says. “This case goes down the tubes."

In five days of testimony, just one witness took the stand with evidence on the murder charge specifically. Corbett says a parade of witnesses talking about child abuse helps make the case the Hollands are capable of murder.

"It's a circumstantial evidence case, so it's gonna take some time to flesh it out."

He says, keep in mind, the judge has options. "Each defendant is treated on their own terms," he explains, so the prosecutor must prove both parents knew about the murder either before or during it's commission to send the both to trial on those charges."

Corbett adds this long preliminary hearing means the public is exposed to this case day after day. He says it means it may be harder to find a jury that doesn't know about the case, but he says how much they know shouldn't matter, so long as they claim they don't have their minds made up about the Hollands guilt or innocence.

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