Accused Killer’s Arrest Record, Facebook Show Glimpse Into His Life
The accused killer of a Bentonville child had been booked into Benton County Jail four times over the last 13 years, before being arrested Monday on suspicion of murdering 6-year-old Jersey Bridgeman.
Zachary Holly, 28, was arrested in March 2009 on suspicion of public intoxication and in December of that year in connection with two counts of contempt of court, according to a deputy at the Benton County Jail.
Holly was also arrested in February 2000 on suspicion of a parole violation. A year earlier, he was held in the jail for another department, although details are few on that arrest.
Holly’s Facebook profile was disabled early Tuesday, but not before a few details of the accused killer’s life came to light.
Holly was arrested Monday on suspicion of the murder of Jersey, a Bentonville child who was found dead Nov. 20 two doors down from her home.
Jersey lived at 608 SE A St. with her mother, who called the police early in the morning to report her daughter was missing. Officers found Jersey’s body less than 15 minutes later, in a nearby vacant house at 704 SE A St.
Holly, facing charges of capital murder, kidnapping and residential burglary, lived in a trailer between Jersey’s home and where the body was found. The address is 702 SE A St.
The Facebook profiles of Holly and his wife saw several changes in the hours after Holly was arrested. His profile showed several photographs of Holly with his wife’s four-year-old son. Wedding pictures adorned the photo section of the wife’s profile. The wife states the wedding took place in March.
By Tuesday morning, Holly’s wife had changed her relationship status from “married” to “divorced.” She also changed her name. The wedding pictures still appear on her profile, but Holly’s profile is blocked or disabled.
The wife states on her profile that she has been jailed several times in the past, but does not elaborate.
Holly states on Facebook that he graduated from Huntsville High School in Texas in 2004.
Holly’s apparent father, according to Facebook, is a registered sex offender in Bakersfield, Calif. Holly suggested on Facebook he was recently in Bakersfield or has lived there.
Holly’s utilities at the Bentonville trailer are registered to Joseph F. Blackmon, Holly’s apparent father. Blackmon, 49, is registered as engaging in lewd acts with a child under the age of 14.
Holly listed one of his favorite quotes as a memorable line by a serial killer to his victim in the film Silence of the Lambs: “It puts the lotion on the skin…or else it gets the hose again.”
Four days before Jersey’s death, Holly stated on Facebook that he could not believe he almost lost his wife over “a HUGE mistake.” He also said, “My wife’s heart is breaking so bad this week. Partially bc of me…I don’t know how to heal her pain.”
A neighbor told 5NEWS Holly’s wife babysat Jersey on several occasions. An employee at Jersey’s mom’s place of work, a nearby E-Z Mart, said Jersey’s mom and Holly’s wife were best friends.