Jailhouse Confidante Can Testify

By: Beth Shayne
By: Beth Shayne

A visibly distraught Crystal Mountain is back in jail, and again on the witness stand. She was in court Friday to defend the trial testimony she's promised to give.

In March, Mountain was in jail for solicitation. She testified at the Holland's preliminary hearing that Lisa told her she'd bludgeoned her son with a hammer."

"I asked did he suffer long," she reported in March. "She said about an hour."

The issue now: Did Mountain truly know that from Lisa Holland, or from a packet of legal papers she admits to snatching from Holland's jail cell?

Lisa Holland's attorney Mike Nichols asks, "Can you tell the court which information was from Lisa and which from getting into the cell?"

"Everything was from Lisa," Mountain says.
"Directly?," Nichols asks. "Directly," Mountain answers.

Mountain says she never looked at the papers, and gave them back after about 2 minutes.

The judge says there is no breach of attorney/client privilege, and rules Mountain can testify at trial.

She also rules to release Ricky Holland's medical records. They show he did not visit his regular doctor for more a year and a half before his death. She also says no to a motion by the defense to have a separate trial on the child abuse charges against the Hollands.

That trial is scheduled to begin September 11.

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