KEIZER, Ore. (KOIN) — A 16-year-old boy arrested for killing his mother’s 45-year-old boyfriend acted in self defense, according to the district attorney’s office.
Jeffery Holly was found dead at a Brooks Avenue residence around 9 p.m. Friday. Paramedics tried to resuscitate him, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
At the time, investigators believed they had probable cause for the teen’s arrest.
“There was a pretty significant pool of blood on the floor,” neighbor Chuck Peck said. “He asked me right away, ‘I just stabbed Jeff, I need you to call an ambulance. I don’t know what to do.'”
After calling 911 and checking on Holly, Peck says he figured he had been drinking.
“As soon as I walked in their front door was the smell of alcohol,” Peck said.
KOIN 6 News learned Holly had a long rap sheet including dozens of drug and alcohol-related offenses, an assault charge that was later dropped and an emergency restraining order. Peck’s wife, Shauna Weiss, described Holly as a ticking time bomb.
“He would scream and yell at us, throw stuff,” Weiss said. “I mean, he was truly crazy.”
Weiss says she called police and child protective services on several occasions. But once Holly found out, he reportedly left a threatening letter on her doorstep.
“I was shaking,” she said. “I was 4 months pregnant and I was a complete mess. I could not come outside, I wouldn’t come home without my husband.”
Despite calling police multiple times, Weiss said Holly always came back.
“We kept telling the police something bad was going to happen, that somebody was going to get seriously hurt,” she said. “I truly thought it was going to be one of the kids or Marci… I’m sorry I didn’t do more to keep this from happening in the first place.”
For now, the teen isn’t facing any charges in the case.
The DA’s Office said the investigation remains open and ongoing. Charges could be filed at a later date if the case is presented to a grand jury.