Spanaway Man Allegedly Kills Wife, Daughter and Turns Himself In To Police

40-year-old Spanaway resident Dean Holmes turned himself in to police Wednesday morning and confessed to killing his wife, Kristi and their 11-year-old daughter Violet. According to her Facebook, Kristi Hamilton Holmes was originally from Bonney Lake.


Holmes will face two counts of first degree murder in Pierce County.

Police have confirmed that the man who shot and killed his wife and young daughter this morning is 40-year-old Dean R. Holmes. The victims are 41-year-old Kristi Holmes and 11-year-old Violet Holmes and were found in their Spanaway residence on the 15500 block of 20th Ave. Ct. E.

According to her Facebook page, Kristi Hamilton Holmes was originally from Bonney Lake.

According to detectives, Holmes shot and killed his wife in her sleep on Tues., Aug. 28 and then woke up Violet and her friend, who was sleeping over. He drove his daughter's young friend back to her Auburn home then drove around with Violet in the car before shooting and killing her inside of it.

Detectives say he then stopped at a fast food restaurant, bought a meal and took his daughter's body home and placed her in bed with his dead wife. After several hours of attempting to clean up the evidence, he turned himself in at the Pierce County Jail.

According to the Department of Revenue, Holmes owed more than $18,000 in unpaid back taxes for his painting business. He had financial issues, was lying to his wife and had at least one unhappy customer in Puyallup after he left a job unfinished, according to multiple sources.

Prosecutors plan to charge Holmes with two counts of first degree murder when he has his first court appearance tomorrow.



The Pierce County Sheriff's department is investigating an alleged double-murder this morning.

A 40-year-old Spanaway man walked into the Pierce County Jail early this morning and told deputies he shot and killed his wife and daughter in their home on 20th Ave. Ct. E.

Police forced entry into the home and found the two shot to death inside the master bedroom. The man's wife was 41 years old, their daughter was 11 years old.

Stephanie Wozniak Pangaro August 29, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Such sad news to hear this morning! I don't understand the thought process behind this. Why would people do such things, especially to an innocent child. My heart goes out to the wife and childs family.
Lauren Padgett (Editor) August 29, 2012 at 05:57 PM
It is such a tragedy. Weirdly enough, my grandma lives on that street. I called her this morning, I was worried. It's scary when things like that hit close to home...
Brent Champaco August 29, 2012 at 06:17 PM
That's crazy, Lauren. I've got family that lives a mile or so away. Crazy.
Brent Champaco August 29, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Well said, Stephanie. It's difficult to ever try and figure the motives behind actions like this. I agree, all we can do is keep the family of the wife and child in our thoughts and prayers.
Catrina gill August 30, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Please keep my family In your prayers ... Left behind was kristi's oldest daughter who luckly was not in the house and is still living! We need all the prayers that can be givin to make it threw this a young girl has lost all she knows and a brother has lost his sister and niece and patents have lost a child and grand child!
Lauren Padgett (Editor) August 30, 2012 at 01:35 AM
What a terrible thing for Kristi's daughter to go through. She's in my thoughts...
Kathleen August 30, 2012 at 01:49 AM
I never understand...why the children?
Jaemi Eck August 30, 2012 at 05:18 AM
I'm just disgusted by Dean Holmes. I was one of his painting business victims. He took me for $1,500 and never did my painting job. He never called or showed up and when I said I wanted my money back he disappeared. I thought screwing over customers was low but to kill his family? Wow! What a low piece of slime!!!
janice smith August 30, 2012 at 06:23 AM
Dont know why if parents are unhappy what they do dont kill anyone but them self . Daughter wasnt at fault its always the kills that gets hurt why?? He should have just hurt himself or walk away from family let them alone. Very bad and doing customers wrong isnt good makes it hard on next painter for that customer. And not all painters or contractors do that so hoping this customer dont hold what he did to someone else.My thoughts and prayers are with the family and grandparents of this family. And for Violets friend who now will miss her friend.
Baldr Odinson August 30, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Another "law abiding" gun owner goes nuts and kills his family. Happens at least every week in our country. This is so incredibly sad.
Hilda Kuhr August 30, 2012 at 08:20 PM
I agree with you about Dean being slime to kill his family and screw over customers. I also was one of his victims. A neighbor had him paint her house last year and did a nice job for her. His BBB record had no complaints the last 12 months. I paid him $800 deposit in mid May. Three days later, his crew came to power wash. For weeks, he called several times to schedule prep work but never showed up. I called him wondering where was he or the crew? A couple times he said there was illness in his family (the two times work was done he never showed up but had a crew come over) and there was some bad weather. Endlessly delaying. We were on vacation for awhile, then called him to schedule again. He wanted $200 more to pay for the paint, and I refused. Some more no shows, then one of his crew came over to say he wasn't working for Dean anymore, knew my house wasn't done and would paint it if I bought the paint and he would get paid after the paint job was completed. I asked Dean for my money back in early August. He said I get my money back if he and his crew didn't show up on August 14. He and the crew showed up, he gave the crew instructions and left, the crew caulked the house. After that, more no shows, I'd call him on it, he'd reschedule until August 27th when he didn't call back. Two days later, unaware of the killings, I sent him a certified letter return receipt requested demanding my money back.
Hilda Kuhr August 30, 2012 at 08:59 PM
I agree with your comments. Dean should have left his family alone and alive. Yeah, I'm leery about hiring another painter or any contractor. We had to hire a lawyer to get our deposit back from a pole barn builder in Enumclaw as he endlessly delayed, submitted wrong-size plans to the county (as he didn't want to pay for custom-size blueprints), the county told us to see a lawyer and the contractor wanted more money before doing the dirtwork (he didn't get it) and we didn't see him again. We had bad luck with a Puyallup concrete contractor whose crew left because it was raining after they started pouring the concrete slab, then didn't smooth out the concrete or cover it up before they left The concrete contractor had the gall to come over the next day to insist on the remaining payment and he would fix the problems later. He didn't get any more money. My husband spent 20 hours leveling the botched concrete job. Another contractor hired a new crew to roof our previous home. All the window screens were marred when the old shingles were torn down. We paid for roofing material only. Contractors like this give the industry a bad name!
Jawbone Kent August 30, 2012 at 10:12 PM
If he had no guns, you think that would of saved them? This guy was deranged, and could of used any means to carry out his plan. The Gun isn't at fault, the punk carrying out the attack could of used anything to murder his family. Too bad he was such a coward and didn't just take his own life instead!
William W Haywood August 30, 2012 at 10:56 PM
It is the reality of the world we live in that more people are killed every day by gun violence of one kind or another. I do not really think there is a good reason to use a weapon to kill anyone. It is actually better to be hurt than to hurt others. I think Socrates said that. This should never happen to a child. We should all pray for the family's guidance and help during this terrible situation. Life should be preserved, not destroyed. What could have possibly gone through his mind to make him do this?
Christine Kelley August 31, 2012 at 05:27 AM
Dean Holmes is a HUGE coward. He just couldn't pull the trigger on himself, but had no problems pulling the trigger multiple times on the people he loved. I hope he gets the death penalty because I don't want any of my tax dollars going to keep that low life scum alive.
Odinn Allfader September 03, 2012 at 07:57 AM
"Baldr" is a vile little man named Jason Alexis Kilgore, from Junction City, Oregon. He doesn't care about those who are murdered, only that a gun was used.


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