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Deputy shares details on Kiln woman's death, possible motive

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KILN, MS (WLOX) -

KILN, MS (WLOX) - A Hancock County Sheriff's deputy confirmed what the family of Wenda Holling said before: the 70-year-old woman was strangled. That information came out at a preliminary hearing Friday morning in Hancock County Justice Court. 

Timothy Evans is charged with murder. He was arrested in February in a Florida hotel room. Evans rented a room in Holling's home in Kiln. 

Hancock County Deputy John Luther testified Friday about how Holling died and a possible motive. Luther said Evans and Holling argued after the woman caught Evans trying to take her bank card. The investigator also testified Evans said he first tried to smother Holling with a pillow, but then strangled her when smothering didn't work.

When Evans was captured in Florida, he reportedly confessed to the killing and told a different story about how Holling died. Luther said Evans told Columbia County Sheriff's Department that Holling's death was an accident; that she fell on a knife during an argument.

Luther said after Evans killed Holling, he put her in the trunk of his car and dumped her body in the woods off Turan Road, just west of Highway 67 in Harrison County.

Holling disappeared January 2. Her body was found January 26. Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove said he was able to positively identify Holling through the serial number on her hip replacement.

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