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.

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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