July 10, 2013 —
Music asked if there was any hard evidence linking Bryant to Camacho.
“Respectfully, Nemo Bryant had a drug problem,” Gardner said. “He was involved with anyone who could help him get his next high.”
Gardner said the pattern of communication between Holbrook and Bryant also implicated Holbrook in the death.
According to phone records, Gardner testified that the two had shared 138 phone calls and 39 text messages in the 37 days before Bryant disappeared.
There was only one attempt by Holbrook to contact Bryant after he was reported missing.
“This is a highly publicized case,” Gardner said. “I would expect a friend to try and call the missing friend until he was found.”
A search warrant was executed at the Holbrook residence days after Bryant’s body was found in a pond on the property.
The search led to the seizure of a host of evidence but no forensic evidence or murder weapon was collected.
Music asked that Holbrook’s bond ne set at $100,000 cash or property and he be placed on monitored house arrest.
Judge Rebecca Phillips denied the request, saying that it was a capital offense.
“Nemo was last seen with the defendant and there is no indication he went anywhere else,” Phillips said. “I find it very persuasive that these two gentlemen had communicated a total of 177 times before Nemo disappeared and only one attempt after. It is circumstantial but very compelling.”
Members of Bryant’s family briefly but enthusiastically applauded when Phillips denied bond for the accused killer.
“We were very pleased that Judge Phillips denied the motion for bail,” James Carroll, Bryant’s uncle, told the Journal-Times. “We didn’t hear anything new in the courtroom today, because Det. Gardner has always been very up front about what they know. He has done a great job.”
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