March 20, 2012, long-time abuser Josh Holden beat his wife, Lisa Holden, so badly that she hid in the woods for two days with her two young daughters, drifting in and out of consciousness while trying to flag down cars on a nearby highway for help. Josh Holden had beaten her with jumper cables and a baseball bat, fractured her ribs, stabbed her leg, and told her he would kill her. "Her head had been shaved and it looked like she had been scalped," Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office investigator Kristie Holt said. "She had wounds all over her body, from bruises to open wounds pretty much on her arms and legs." Read the original news report on www.huffingtonpost.com at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/13/lisa-holden-josh-hid-in-woods-daughters-abuse_n_1424972.html
Holden was listed in critical condition for 10 days, suffered two broken legs, and head injuries. According to the Tyler newspaper, metal pellets were lodged in Holden's legs from a previous incident when her husband shot her with a pellet gun, leaving the shrapnel and open sores behind.
Josh Holden abused his wife for seven years and kept her locked in the house, Holt said. "When we went to execute the warrant, we noticed video cameras in the residence and we're suspecting that's how he monitored the movement," Holt told the Tyler Paper. "He had an application on his iPhone that he could see inside the house."
Holden was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and bodily injury. After making bail, he was outfitted with an ankle bracelet, yet drove by the hospital where Lisa was being treated. He was then re-arrested on two more counts of aggravated assault against Lisa. At first, bond was again set at $100,000 on each count. But when he appeared in court and Judge Teresa Drum learned he had been driving by the hospital where his wife was, she raised the bond, and he is now being held in lieu of $750,000 again.
(To learn more, and how to donate to the benefit fund set up for Lisa Holden to rebuild a life for herself and her children, visit Ribbons 4 Lisa on Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/Ribbons4Lisa )
JOSH HOLDEN IS A DANGER TO THE COMMUNITY and in particular to all women who encounter him. His long history of spousal abuse, and the extreme severity of the injuries he inflicted upon his wife, prove his proclivity to extreme violence. After conviction, HE MUST BE SENTENCED TO THE MAXIMUM SENTENCE the law allows. In handing down his sentence, we urge Judge Drum to take into consideration the length of his history of abuse, the severity of his violence, the safety of all citizens of Van Zandt County, and justice for Lisa Holden.