Missouri Teen Who Allegedly Killed Parents Released From Jail After Judge Lowers Bond

Daejona Holmes
Daejona Holmes, 15, is accused of fatally shooting her parents on April 9. She was officially charged with their murders on August 6 and will be tried as an adult, according to court records. Jackson County Detention Center

A 15-year-old Missouri teen accused of killing her parents in April was released from jail after a judge granted a lower bond.

Daejona M. Holmes was charged in the deaths of her parents on Monday and was initially being held at Jackson County Detention Center on a $150,000 cash bond. On Wednesday, a judge granted Holmes an ROR (released on your own recognizance) bond, which only requires a signature and no money paid before her release, The Kansas City Star reported.

Daejona Holmes Daejona Holmes, 15, is accused of fatally shooting her parents on April 9. She was officially charged with their murders on August 6 and will be tried as an adult, according to court records. Jackson County Detention Center

Holmes was no longer listed as an inmate of Jackson County Detention Center on Friday. Holmes, who was certified to stand trial as an adult, is now under house arrest, The Kansas City Star reported. Under her bond conditions, no firearms can be in the same residence, and Holmes is only allowed to leave for “medical appointments and legal hearings.”

The Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office did not immediately respond to Newsweek’s request for comment, but in a statement to The Kansas City Star Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said that prosecutors plan to appeal the judge’s decision.

“Prosecutors expect to appeal the judge’s decision regarding bond because no notice was given, and therefore the victims’ rights statute was violated,” she told the newspaper. “As with normal procedure, defendants file motions with the court requesting that their bonds be reduced, and the court then sets a hearing date. In this case, that was not done.”

Peters Baker said prosecutors were not given time to determine whether Holmes “is a risk to the community.”

Holmes is accused of shooting her parents at their home in the 5000 block of Belmeade Road in Kansas City on April 9, according to charging documents reviewed by Newsweek. After receiving a 911 call from the teen from a different location, officers found Kinderly Holmes, 37, and Brian Starr, 38, shot dead.

The 15-year-old initially told a 911 dispatcher that a robbery had occurred at her home and that her parents had been shot. However, when she spoke to officers, she claimed that her father had shot her mother and that she had then shot her father.

Holmes told detectives that after shooting her father, she ran from the home but later returned to retrieve her cellphone. She said she grabbed her phone, her mother’s phone and a house key before running to a nearby McDonald’s.

Court documents revealed Holmes made nine phone calls from her mother’s phone. When questioned about the calls and the fact that it took her nearly an hour to call 911, Holmes “could not provide a reason,” the probable cause statement said.

Authorities found a weapon across the street from the home in a puddle of water, according to court documents.

Holmes is scheduled to be arraigned in court on September 5, according to court documents.