ALTON, Illinois — The stepfather of a man accused of beheading a pregnant Illinois woman is sharing his thoughts on the crime on social media. Chris Hawk shares his thoughts on the reaction to the story in a nearly nine-minute YouTube clip.
Hawk does not argue that DeUndreá “Dee” Holloway is innocent. Rather, he takes offense at how his stepson is treated as a monster when mental health is part of the problem. They say it was difficult to get help before the crime. That’s what his mother and stepfather tell the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Dee has been hearing voices for years.
Holloway was charged with murder this week. He dated Liese Dodd, 22, for two years. She expected the birth in July.
Detectives identified Holloway as a suspect shortly after Dodd’s body was found. He was arrested later that day.
“I will not deny that what happened was an extremely evil act. It was, I don’t know how else to explain it. I don’t know if there is a word that describes it. We’re ashamed over here. His mother, his sister were all shocked. We knew he was capable of violence, but we never saw it. We’ve been trying to help him for at least three years. So much for longer-term psychological care. We’ve always been told that unless they did something, they can’t keep her. Now he’s being held for doing something.”
Madison County prosecutors charged Holloway with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree murder, dismemberment of a human body, motor vehicle-related offenses, and covering up a murder.
“Our system fails with people with mental health problems. People are kind of left to fend for themselves. It’s a tragic situation,” Hawk said.
At one point in the video, he shows older images of Dee to show, “That man exists. He’s not a monster. What he did was wild, what he did was monstrous. He’s not a monster.”
https://fox2now.com/news/illinois/alton-beheading-suspects-family-says-help-was-hard-to-get/ Alton, who beheaded the suspect’s family, says help has been hard to come by