A Little History
When Tommorrow Starts Without Me..
Listed below are News articles related to my brother's death.
"It's true that I have left the earth and
live in Spirit here. With a peace and love
I can't explain, I'm happy, have no fear.
Who I was, I still am now. Even better than
before. Heaven holds such beauty here with
mountains, trees and more."
Domestic fight turns fatal - Tulsa World Newspaper, February 22, 2001
** A Kellyville man was shot to death while trying to break up a dispute, police say.
By Todd Droege - World staff writer
A kellyville man was fatally shot Wednesday when he tried to break up a domestic fight, Tulsa police said.
Russell Holt, 32, was pronounced dead by paramedics about 4:30 p.m. after three shots were fired in the 3600 block of South 28th West Avenue.
Charles Elliott, 47, of Tulsa surrendered to firefighters - the first authorities on the scene - and handed over a .357 Magnum that police allege he used to shoot Holt in the chest.
Elliott was arrested on a complaint of first-degree murder and was taken to the Tulsa Jail, Officer Lucky Lamons said.
Police said Holt died while trying to stop a fight between Elliott and his ex-wife, Janet Elliott, 44.
Before the fight, Charles Elliott reportedly had called a 17-yrold male whom his ex-wife was dating. The teen was using a cellular telephone while riding in a pickup with Holt in the 4100 block of South Harvard Avenue.
Police said Holt and the 17 yr old were friends. At some point Holt and Elliott spoke with each other on the phone, plice said.
Elliott reportedly told Holt that he was going to beat up his former wife. "The victim said, 'No, you're not,'" Lamons said.
Police said Holt and the teen then drove to the 3600 block of 29th west avenue, where neighbors said Charles Elliott had been living.
"They met in the road and got out of the car," Lamons said.
A fight between Elliott and his ex-wife ensued in the street, police said. Holt reportedly stepped in front of Elliott to prevent further fighting.
Then Elliott told Holt that if couldn't beat his former wife, "then I'll shoot you," Lamons said.
Police received several calls from neighbors who heard three shots fired from a handgun.
Holt was the fifth homicide victim in Tulsa this year.
KOTV - Channel 6 News, Tulsa, OK - February 22, 2001
Tulsa Police say man killed while trying to break up fight
(Tulsa-AP) -- Tulsa police say a Kellyville man was killed while trying to break up a domestic fight on a city street.
Authorities say Russell Holt was shot to death Wednesday afternoon and a Tulsa man surrendered at the scene of the shooting.
Charles Eliott was arrested on a first-degree murder complaint and has turned over a .357 Magnum police believe was used in the shooting.
Police say Holt was shot while trying to break up a fight between Eliot and his ex-wife, Janet Eliott.
The Bristow News, February 28, 2001 - Obituary
1969 - 2001
Russell James (Rusty)Holt, 32, of Kellyville died February 21, 2001, in Tulsa.
He was born February 12, 1969, in Prince George County, Maryland.
Rusty currently was residing in Kellyville, after moving there from Tulsa. He had also lived in Bristow where he spent his childhood years. He attended Bristow Public Schools. He was currently employed by Madison Trucking Company in Tulsa.
He enjoyed hunting, mechanic work, farming and spending time with his girls. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Rusty is survived by his wife, Tammy Beatty, Kellyville home; two daughters, Brittany and Jessica Holt; one step-son, TC Beatty, all of the home; his mother, Rose Helton and her husband, Danny, of Bristow; biological father, Ted Holt of Grove; adopted father, Rayford Narron and his wife, Carolyn, of Houston,Texas.
He is also survived by one sister, Renee Russell of Bristow; four brothers, Joe Holt of Bristow, Kevin Holt of Wichita, KS, Tony Holt and Timmy Holt, both of Tulsa; Two step-brothers, Jerry Helton of Tulsa and Bennie Helton of Okinawa, Japan; and one step-sister, Kathy Hoover of Bristow.
He is also survived by a number of friends whom he loved as brothers.
Rusty was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Hollis Kerley and Henderson and Tina Holt.
Funeral services were February 24, 2001, at Hutchins-Maples Funeral Home Chapel with Bob Hill officiating . Interment was at Kellyville City Cemetary.
Services are under the direction of Hutchins-Maples Funeral Home of Bristow.
Tulsan beats murder charge - Tulsa World, October 27, 2001
Claiming self-defense, a man charged in a fatal shooting is cleared of first-degree murder and manslaughter charges.
By Bill Braun - World Staff Writer
A Tulsan who claimed self-defense was cleared Friday of criminal wrongdoing in the killing of a Kellyville man who intervened in a domestic situation.
A Tulsa County jury Friday acquitted Charles W. Elliott of first-degree murder in connection with the fatal shooting Feb. 21 of Russell James Holt, 32.
District Judge Tom Gillert gave jurors the option of returning a verdict on the lesser offense of first-degree manslaughter, and the panel cleared Elliott of that also.
He was found guilty of a misdemeanor count of domestic assault an battery, linked to testimony that he slapped his estranged wife, Janet Ellitt, right before the shooting.
Elliott, 47, received a 2,000 fine but no jail time for that offense.
Gillert ordered Elliott, who has spent more than eight months in the Tulsa Jail, released at the close of the one-week trial.
Investigators said Holt was shot twice - once in the back - with a .357 caliber revolver during a confrontation in the street near the Elliott residence in the 3600 block of South 29th West Avenue.
The Elliotts married in 1973 and have three children. Janet Elliott fliled a divorce action in August 2000 that is still unresolved, and the couple were separated in February, testimony indicated.
Defense attorney Clark Brewster maintained that Janet Elliott and her 17-year-old boyfriend, Andrew Helm, recruited Helm's "very large" friend Holt to beat up her husband.
Elliott, the owner of Metro Machine Works Inc. of Tulsa, did not know Holt. But Holt "talked tough and he talked nasty" to Elliott before the shooting, Brewster said.
Janet Elliott and Helm - who were also in the street - denied that there was a plan for Holt to intimidate or harm the defendant.
Brewster pointed to cell phone records showing that Janet Elliott and Helm made many calls to each other during late hours in the days prior to the slaying. Janet Elliott and Helm acknowledged that they used methamphetamine together.
Assistant District Attorney Eric Jordan disputed the claim of self-defense, contending that the defendant was the aggressor and that Holt and Helm were unarmed.
Charles Elliott was at the home with one of the couple's sons, and Holt and Helm were parked nearby to make sure Janet Elliott was not accosted when she arrived, the prosecutor maintained.
Elliott, who had a permit to carry a concealed weapon, indicated that he retreated after pulling a gun from his pocket and fired a warning shot when Holt came aggressively toward him.
Jordan said numerous witnesses did not see Holt swing at or strike Elliott. Only the defendant said there was a warning shot, and evidence showed that one shot struck Holt's arm and side before the final shot struck Holt in the back when he was down on one knee, the prosecutor said.
But Brewster said that Holt - who "may have been duped" into thinking he was helping out a woman in distress - "used fighting words and he didn't think Charlie had the guts to pull that trigger."
The defense lawyer said taht charles Elliott "was a target" and "an intended victim."
A count of feloniously pointing a handgun, involving an allegation that he pointed the revolver at Helm, was dismissed during the trial.
-Bill Braun, World Staff Writer, can be reached at 918-581-8455 or via email at email@example.com