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Driver arrested with severed head in vehicle was just unlucky car thief, says his lawyer

His lawyer says a driver arrested after Las Vegas police found a severed head and other body parts in his pickup truck was just an unfortunate thief who stole the wrong vehicle.

However, prosecutors say that 57-year-old Eric Holland killed the man found mutilated in the truck.

A hearing on Tuesday determined that he would be charged with murder and be held without bail.

The incidents that led to Holland’s arrest began with an attempt to block traffic on the afternoon of December 23 on Tropicana Avenue in the Spring Valley neighborhood. A Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officer pulled over a Toyota Tundra truck after a license check revealed that its registration had been suspended. The police report said that the driver first stopped but then left.

Officers followed the truck for about three miles and saw it headed into a parking garage next to the Rio Hotel and Casino. A short while later, another truck, a Chevrolet Avalanche, came out of the garage.

Believing it was the same driver, police followed the Chevy truck for another two miles, until it stopped at an apartment complex near the Orleans Casino.

There Holland came out and, according to court documents, repeatedly ignored orders given by the police. Police said that when he tried to escape, he was stunned by a teaser and was taken into custody.

Once Holland was in custody, police found that both trucks had been stolen – Chevrolets from Santa Clara County, California.

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During a search of a Chevy, police found a black plastic garbage bag emitting “a foul odor.” According to the complaint, his head was severed from the inside. The cooler reportedly had “two human legs” and “a pronounced human torso”.

The Clark County coroner’s office identified the victim as Richard P. Miller, 65, of Las Vegas. The coroner’s office ruled the death a homicide from multiple gunshot wounds.

A Holland lawyer, P David Westbrook, said his client stole the truck from a garage near Rio without knowing what was in it. He said the bed of the truck was covered and the coolers were sealed.

“To assume that Mr Holland had prior knowledge of the contents of this truck, you must also assume that he deliberately led the police to the body,” Westbrook said. “The question is: why would he do that?”

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that prosecutors argue that Miller was an acquaintance of Holland’s and that Holland was caught on video buying a saw and plastic bags at Home Depot.

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