BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Sheriff John Ingram announced one person will be charged with the murder of Tony Kusta during a press conference on Wednesday.
Thomas Jason Holland, 27, has been charged with the murder of 69-year-old Tony Kusta. Sheriff Ingram says on Friday, Holland reportedly broke into Kusta's home, located in Ash, where a brief struggle ensued. Deputies found Kusta the next day, while responding to the home for a check welfare call.
Autopsy results showed that Kusta was not shot by the gun, but was hit in the head with it, and died from blunt force trauma to the head.
Holland is charged with first degree murder, and is being held without bond.
Investigators say Holland was arrested on Sunday for unrelated breaking and entering charges. He was already in jail on Wednesday when he was served warrants for the murder. Officials say the investigation led them to Holland, they say that Holland made a statement to officials, but would not specify as to what was said in that statement. They say he has been cooperative.
Holland also faces charges for breaking and entering and stealing from Kusta's home earlier in December. According to arrest warrants, on December 6, Holland allegedly stole $4,000, a shotgun, several watches and a class ring from Kusta's home.
He faces additional charges for other breaking and entering and larceny incidents, including allegedly stealing a truck, weed trimmer, leaf blower and other items belonging to Brunswick County Parks and Rec. and faces charges for allegedly stealing more than $900,000 in property from the Via Mexico Store in Ash.
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