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Surviving family in fatal Hwy 64 road rage accident speaks out

"It wasn't an accident. It was a slaughter of our family," said Mildred Thomason right after the court hearing of James Holien and Russell Johnston.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - "It wasn't an accident. It was a slaughter of our family," said Mildred Thomason right after the court hearing of James Holien and Russell Johnston.

Prosecutors say the two men killed four members of the San Felippo family in a road rage fueled crash on Highway 64 in September. Among the dead -- Thomason's grandson, Jersey.

"He was the kindest, sweetest, most generous -- and he loved me," said Thomason. "And we had a special bond that could never be broken. Never ever. I miss him very much."

Both Holien and Johnston appeared in court Tuesday for a relatively routine hearing inside the courtroom. Outside the courtroom emotion boiled over, especially when Russell Johnston, surrounded by family, objected to media being there.

As far as decisions made inside the courtroom go, James Holien's attorney asked for a reduced bond. It's currently set at $500,000. The judge denied that motion.

"I don't think my client is any danger to run," said Frank Shaw. "I honestly think that the state has over-charged him with charging him as first degree murder."

"We were pleased with the judge's decision to keep the bond at $500,000," said Prosecuting Attorney Cody Hiland. "I mean we have four counts of first degree murder."

The judge scheduled another pretrail hearing in this case for April 19th. He said he hopes it will go to trial in August or September.
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