Brittany Holberg was convicted of a brutal murder and has spend the last two decades on Texas death row. According to court documents Brittany Holberg would murder an elderly man in his home by stabbing him repeatedly, blows with a hammer and a foot long lamp pole was shoved down his throat. Brittany Holberg would soon be arrested, convicted and sentenced to death
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|Name||Holberg, Brittany Marlowe|
|Date of Birth||01/01/1973|
|Age (when Received)||25|
|Education Level (Highest Grade Completed)||11|
|Date of Offense||11/13/1996|
|Age (at the time of Offense)||23|
|Height (in Feet and Inches)||5′ 5″|
|Weight (in Pounds)||125 lbs.|
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The appellant was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death for the robbery-murder of eighty-year-old A.B. Towery, Sr. Towery was walking back to his apartment after purchasing groceries on the afternoon of November 13, 1996, when the appellant asked to use his telephone. When Towery allowed the appellant to enter his apartment, a struggle ensued in which Towery sustained fifty-eight stab wounds and multiple blunt-force trauma injuries. The appellant used several items in the apartment as weapons, including a cast iron skillet, a steam iron, a hammer, a paring knife, a butcher knife, and two forks. Additionally, the appellant shoved a lamp base five inches down Towery’s throat. The appellant—a severe drug addict—was high on crack cocaine when this attack occurred. After the attack, the appellant showered, changed into some of Towery’s clean clothes, and fled the scene with $1,400 in cash and prescription medications, both stolen from Towery’s apartment. Later that evening, she purchased more cocaine using a portion of the cash she had stolen earlier. Towery’s son, Rocky Towery, discovered his father’s body at 7:45 a.m. the following morning in a supine position with the lamp base lodged in his throat, a knife stuck in his abdomen, and his father’s wallet lying on top of his body.
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Brittany Holberg’s confession to the 1998 slaying of an Amarillo man and a litany of drug-addicted or marginally credible witnesses plagued her defense team as it prepared the trial’s punishment phase, an attorney testified Thursday.
On March 13, 1998, a Randall County jury found Holberg, now 40, guilty of capital murder in the Nov. 13, 1996, slaying of A.B. Towery Sr., 80.
Towery had been beaten and stabbed nearly 60 times in his apartment. Investigators found Towery slumped against a closet with a lamp pole partially shoved down his throat.
In May, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ordered a Randall County court hearing to take testimony from Holberg’s former defense team about how they gathered possible mitigating evidence in the case and to investigate claims that her attorneys “threw” the trial, allegations her lawyers denied.
Holberg, who was sentenced to death in 1998, was arrested Feb. 17, 1997, outside a McDonald’s restaurant in Memphis, Tenn., after “America’s Most Wanted” aired multiple segments on the slaying.
Candace Norris, one of Holberg’s former attorneys, said Holberg confessed to Memphis authorities after she was arrested there, called her mother and possibly implicated herself in the killing.
“She had given a confession to this, and this was a big problem,” Norris said of the defense team’s trial concerns.
Leslie Kuykendall, an assistant attorney general, also asked if Holberg also made a “confession of sorts” to her mother, and Norris replied that she had.
The defense, Norris said, later opted to not to call Holberg’s mother, a Potter County jailer, as a punishment phase witness, in part, because the woman appeared to be more concerned that her testimony would conflict with vacation plans.
“I didn’t trust her mother. I wasn’t there to mend the mother-daughter relationship; I was there to defend Brittany,” she said.
Another issue that hampered the defense, Norris said, was blood splatter evidence and other information that tended to point away from the defense’s self-defense trial strategy.
Norris also testified about Holberg’s account of the night of the slaying. Holberg went to Towery’s apartment to use the telephone to seek help, but began using drugs, angering Towery, who hit her in the head with a frying pan, Norris said.
After the killing, Holberg quickly made plans to flee and stole money from Towery, Norris said.
“She changed clothes and she took funds so she could get away because she was scared,” Norris said.
Under intense questioning from Kuykendall and Alan Lazarus, an attorney on Holberg’s current defense team, Norris defended her team’s handling of the case and painted a picture of Holberg as a once-gifted and talented student who went awry in a spiral of drug addiction.
Holberg largely grew up with her grandmother and never knew her father, a heroin addict who served time in the Texas prison system, until she was an adult, Norris said.
According to trial testimony, Holberg’s mother later married John Schwartz, but the couple, who married and divorced four times, drank heavily and openly smoked marijuana in front of Holberg and her friends when they were young adults.
At 16, Holberg ran away from home with her future husband, Ward, to California, and had a child, but the couple eventually divorced. Holberg developed an addiction to prescription drugs after suffering a knee injury, and then moved on to cocaine, drugs and prostitution and credit card theft to pay for her habit.
Holberg, Norris said, went through multiple rehabilitation clinics, including a stint in the state’s Substance Abuse Felony Program program, and later absconded from a Midland halfway house with a female counselor she met there.
Norris also said she traveled to a Memphis truck stop to interview prostitutes in an unsuccessful attempt to find witnesses who could offer positive testimony during the trial and possibly keep Holberg off Death Row.
“We wanted to develop that we had a human being here with enormous potential,” she said.
Closing arguments in the evidentiary hearing are expected to begin after 9 a.m. in Randall County’s 181st District Court.
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