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Murder suspect used phone to google search possible prison sentences: Police

January 18, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Murder suspect used phone to google search possible prison sentences: Police

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A man, who was charged in the fatal shooting of a young couple at a hotel in North Carolina in December, allegedly used his phone to Google search the types of sentences that he might receive if he were arrested for the crime.

Seaga Edward Gillard used his cell phone to Google search possible prison terms for committing “double homicide” or “fetal homicide,” a search warrant obtained by The News & Observer revealed.

Detectives were examining the search history on Gillard’s cell phone for December 2nd when they noticed the strange queries linked with to his Gmail account. Searches that came up include: “how much can you face for double homicide,” “how much can you face for double homicide NC,” “fetal homicide state laws,” and “2 men wanted in Raleigh, NC.”

The 28-year-old suspect has been charged with murder for the deaths of April Lynn Holland, a 22-year-old mom of three who was four months pregnant when she was fatally shot, and her boyfriend, Dwayne Garvey.

The couple was murdered at the America’s Best Value Inn in Raleigh in the early morning hours of December 2nd.

Garvey — whose three children were all 3-years-old and under — was found by police face down with multiple gunshot wounds in a hallway on the second floor of the motel. Holland was discovered dead from a gunshot wound in a hotel room nearby.

Raleigh police released this surveillance video image of Seaga Edward Gillard, 28, right, and Brandon Xavier Hill, 29, who were charged with first-degree murder in the double homicide of April Lynn Holland, 22, and Dwayne Garvey, 27, early Friday, Dec. 2, 2016

Authorities ultimately charged Gillard and another man, Brandon Xavier Hill, 29, with first-degree murder the following day. Investigators said that Hill shot Garvey and Gillard killed Holland, without explaining on a potential motive.

The shootings were caught on surveillance footage at the hotel, and Gillard communicated with one of the victims just before he opened fire.

Both Gillard and Hill remain in custody without bail, according to The News & Observer. They may face the death penalty or life behind bars without the possibility of parole if they are convicted.

Days after the deadly shootings, Holland’s mother wondered how she was going to afford to bury her daughter.

“Until the day that I die, it’s gonna hurt me,” Betty Holland said in an interview with WTVD. “You never knew that your child is going to die before you.”

The heartbroken mother added that she believes the death penalty is an appropriate punishment for the killers.

“They need not be put away,” she said. “They killed her; they need to be killed too. I’m mean; it’s rough to say that, but you killed somebody over something stupid.”

The couple was homeless and were staying at the hotel for about a month.

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