Spanaway, WA – Dean Holmes allegedly shot his wife and daughter, then stopped at McDonald’s to eat with the body of his 11-year-old child in the car. The Washington father reportedly found himself deeply in debt and in the midst of a lawsuit. Dean Holmes, 40, allegedly shot his wife, Kristi, while she was asleep at their home. Holmes is accused of shooting his daughter, Violet, in the car after waking the child and taking home her friend who was spending the night.
Dean Holmes allegedly stopped at the local McDonald’s to grab a bite to eat before scrubbing the blood of his wife and daughter from the home and car. Several hours later, Dean Holmes turned himself in to Spanaway police, according to the Daily Mail.
The Washington father was reportedly lying to his wife about the dire nature of the family’s finances. Holmes’ money woes were the alleged motive in the case. The house painting business owner reportedly owed approximately $20,000 in unpaid taxes. Dean Holmes lied to Kristi, 41, about a home they were supposed to move into, police reports note. Holmes was also being sued by a client for unfinished work. The alleged Washington murderer also reportedly told police he and his wife were having marital problems.
“The suspect then drove to a fast food restaurant in Spanaway, purchased a meal for himself, then went home and placed his daughter’s body in bed with his wife’s body,” according to a release from the Pierce County Sheriff’s office, republished by the Daily Mail.
A second Holmes’ child was not home at the time of the shooting, King 5 News reports. Sheriff’s deputies found two dead bodies inside the Holmes’ residence. Neighbors who spoke with the local news organization report they had no idea there were such problems plaguing Dean Holmes and recalled going to backyard cookouts at the home. Dean Holmes has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder, he is reportedly cooperating with the investigation.