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Fire in the Hole
07-27-2009, 2:02 PM
July 27, 2009

A man accused of killing two deputies who were trying to arrest him grinned and chuckled to himself as he appeared in court Monday and learned prosecutors intend to seek the death penalty.

Ezekiel Gilbert Ray Holbert, 26, of Seminole, was charged in Seminole County District Court with two counts of first-degree murder in the shootings Sunday of sheriff's deputies Robbie Chase Whitebird, 23, and Marvin Williams, 43. A judge ordered Holbert held without bond.

With his hands and ankles shackled, Holbert appeared to wince as a deputy helped him to his feet to answer the judge's questions. One of his eyes was blackened and swollen. Armed deputies escorted Holbert into the courtroom and stood behind him during the brief hearing.

No attorney appeared with Holbert, and District Attorney Chris Ross said he had not yet requested a court-appointed lawyer.

Holbert also faces three counts of shooting with intent to kill. Ross alleges that Holbert fired shots at two other officers and a woman who lives across the street.

The woman, 22-year-old Jenifer Bowen, had just returned from a walk with her two children when a bullet hit her arm and entered her chest, said her mother-in-law, Janet Bowen. She was in serious condition, according to the University of Oklahoma Medical Center in Oklahoma City.

Whitebird and Williams were trying to arrest Holbert for failing to make a court appearance after he was released on bond in a domestic violence case in February. In that case, his mother said he tried to strangle her after he was inhaling paint thinner, court records show. According to an affidavit,"Ms. Holbert and her kids are in fear of Ezekiel's explosive behavior."

As the deputies entered the home, Holbert fired several shots, according to an affidavit filed by Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agent Adam Whitney.

"They both were hit within moments of the door opening," said OSBI spokeswoman Jessica Brown."I don't know if they even had the opportunity to return fire."

One deputy died at the scene and the second died on the way to the hospital, Brown said.

Whitney wrote that Holbert told officers he shot at the"enforcement" as they were in his house, using a 9 mm Kel-Tec rifle.

Ross also filed a bill of particulars Monday, indicating that prosecutors intend to seek the death penalty. That document indicates that Holbert has 2002 convictions out of Dallas County, Texas, for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and assault causing bodily injury.

Ross said Holbert also has a"history of involuntary commitments" for psychiatric problems.

Holbert's sister, Tamara Rodriguez, filed for a protective order against him in June 2007, claiming he threatened to kill her husband and her children.

"I'm so scared for my family that he is going to kill someone," Rodriguez wrote in the petition."He has three guns in the house that he brags about that he is going to shoot my husband with."

The order was dismissed in July 2008 at Rodriguez's request. She said she had moved to Texas and had not had any problems with her brother for almost a year.

Holbert previously was convicted of a misdemeanor count of outraging public decency in Oklahoma County and was the defendant in a case in which a man sought a protective order.

Now watch him get off for insanity, and the tax payers will foot the bill for the rest of his miserable life.

Jonathan Doe
07-27-2009, 2:19 PM
Not a safe job, but nevertheless, we do it. Looking forward to March 2015, potential retirement day.:cool:

07-27-2009, 2:26 PM
RIP. Sad story

07-27-2009, 4:33 PM
RIP Brothers.

Prayers sent toward Oklahoma.

07-27-2009, 6:06 PM
Comfort and peace to their families.

:patriot: Some gave all...

Jonathan Doe
07-27-2009, 6:47 PM
I have attended countless LEO funerals in my career. It always hurts to be at a fellow brother's funeral, although I didn't know some of them personally. I hope all the LEO's passed away watch over the rest of us until we meet again.

Fire in the Hole
07-27-2009, 6:56 PM
Amen to that! Here's hoping that we can all go 10-10 for the last end of watch, peacefully, without pain, after being able to enjoy retirement, and when our maker decides that the time is right for us.

07-27-2009, 7:16 PM
:patriot: RIP Brothers our thoughts are with your families.

07-27-2009, 8:09 PM
RIP....thoughts and prayers to all the familes hurt by this loss


I hope this guy gets whats coming to him

07-27-2009, 8:52 PM
This is why I have the utmost respect for all Law Enforcement Professionals. My Brother in Law is a Deputy in Ventura County and I see what he and his colleagues put up with all the time. Alot of people say smaller Counties are safer than the bigger one's but the point is all Law Enforcement Professionals put their lives on the line every day. He has been shot at aon several occasions, the last time when he responded to a call in a Camarillo trailer park.
I hate it when people rag on Law Enforcement and talking all their crap, but when something goes wrong they know who they need. Anyhow, my hat's off to those who put their lives on the line everyday. There are a few bad examples you'll hear about when the media get's their chance, but for the 98% of professionals out there, thank you.

07-27-2009, 9:12 PM
RIP brothers and my thoughts are with the family and friends.:(

07-28-2009, 1:19 PM
R.I.P. to 2 fallen officers. I hope the sh*tbag gets whats coming to him.

07-28-2009, 1:39 PM
my condolences to their families and friends..

07-28-2009, 10:11 PM
May these Officers Rest in Peace and may God Bless them and their families......