Holly was SWC freshman of the year at Tech

Updated: January 29, 2004, 8:37 PM ET
Associated Press

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. -- Former Texas Tech and Alamogordo High School basketball star Jerome "Lenny" Holly has been charged with first-degree murder for the shooting death of a man outside a nightclub last year.

Holly, 29, was arrested Tuesday at an apartment complex in DeKalb County, near Atlanta, by Rockdale County police and DeKalb County authorities.

Renee Holmes, a spokeswoman for the district attorney's office in Alamogordo said Holly was being held without bond and had waived extradition to New Mexico.

Holly is accused of killing Kenneth Douglas, 29, on Sept. 15, 2003, outside the now-closed Atrium nightclub in Alamogordo, N.M. Holly also is charged with attempted murder for the shooting of Jason Carrell, 27.

According to police records, Holly, Douglas and Carrell were in a vehicle outside the nightclub when the shootings occurred.

A Jan. 13 arrest warrant states Douglas was shot with a .380 caliber handgun during a dispute over drugs. Carrell also was shot, but survived and managed to call 911.

Holly also is charged with tampering with evidence and racketeering.

Douglas' body, with a bullet wound in the head, was found in the trunk of the vehicle the three men were in.

Rockdale County police Lt. Chris Traylor said Holly first came to his department's attention in October, when Holly allegedly tried to contact a witness in Georgia.

Holly was the leader of the Alamogordo High School basketball team that won back-to-back state championships in 1991 and 1992.

He went on to play at New Mexico Junior College, Texas Tech and Arizona State. He also had a brief stint with the New Mexico Slam of the International Basketball League.

Holly, a solid scoring guard, was the Southwest Conference freshman of the year while at Texas Tech. He transferred to Arizona State for his junior year, where he was plagued by medical problems.

While at ASU, he was placed on prescription medication after suffering a seizure and losing consciousness while driving in Los Angeles. Ron Geyer, Holly's coach at Alamogordo High, said Wednesday he had not seen his former player in recent years.

"I certainly hope it's not true," said Geyer, now the head coach of the girls team at Los Lunas High School.

Geyer said Holly was a respectful, hardworking athlete during his high school career.

"When Lenny played for me, he did everything I could ask," Geyer said. "He had a great work ethic and was a team player. I can't say enough good things about him. He was such a talented player, he was a huge part of our success."


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