Sick killer says there was reason friends head and sawed up body were in car
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A sick killer who was busted with the severed head and dismembered body of his pal in the car told a court "there was a reason" the grusome scene had taken place.
Eric Holland, 58, led police on a wild car chase through Las Vegas on December 23 last year, even changing vehicles to avoid detection.
Police arrested him later that day at an apartment and took a routine inventory of the truck – but discovered a severed head and limbs in the boot, KLAS reported.
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The body was determined to be Richard Miller, who by then had been missing for weeks.
A medical examiner also found Miller had several gunshot wounds including one to the head.
Holland, who has an extensive criminal history, was sentenced to 18 to 45 years in prison for second-degree murder and felony theft on Thursday, December 1.
But the "truly remorseful" Holland implored authorities to continue to investigate his motive for the slaying of his friend.
"I was going to bring it up in court, but I'm not going to because of family members," Holland said in Clark County Court.
"There was a reason, and I hope that they'll get closure today."
Holland's attorney, Daniel Westbrook, told Clark County District Court Judge Tierra Jones that he would add nothing to his client's comments, but the killer himself opened up in a jailhouse interview with CBS affiliate KLAS-TV.
He said that an armed Miller had threatened him during a heated argument, in which he was also armed.
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"It was very heated," Holland told KLAS-TV. "He had a gun, and I had a gun."
Previously, police found CCTV footage from November 21 last year, before Holland was discovered with the severed body parts, that captured him buying a saw and bin bags from Home Depot.
Investigators found the same saw and bags alongside Miller's body parts in the open tailgate of the truck Holland was driving, court documents show.
Officials also found that Holland's fingerprints were matched to the items discovered in the trunk.
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