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No criminal charges for Keizer teen in stabbing death of mother's boyfriend

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Jeffrey Holly was stabbed to death at a home in Keizer in April. (Photo: Keizer PD) Jeffrey Holly was stabbed to death at a home in Keizer in April. (Photo: Keizer PD)
KEIZER, OR (KPTV) -

The Marion County District Attorney's Office has ruled a 16-year-old boy was justified in using deadly force against his mother's boyfriend.

Police responded to a home on the 3800 block of Brooks Avenue Northeast the night of April 15.

Jeffrey Randall Holly, 45, was found suffering from multiple stab wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 16-year-old boy told police that he stabbed Holly. The teen was initially arrested on the charge of murder, however the charge was dropped days later as the investigation continued.

The results of that investigation were released Thursday.

Investigators said there were repeated incidents of domestic violence and fighting at the home involving Holly and the teen's mother.

In February 2016, an officer issued a temporary emergency protective order against Holly after responding to the home. That order expired seven days later when the teen's mother did not seek a restraining order.

Investigators said she did tell Holly that he was not to be at the house when she was not there.

Investigators said Holly repeatedly made known his disdain for the teen, even telling people he was going to kill him.

At 8:15 p.m. April 15, police said Holly was intoxicated when he went to the home. The teen was alone and sent messages to his mother and sister asking to be picked up.

According to the district attorney's report, the teen retreated to his bedroom, closed the door and remained there while Holly repeatedly called him derogatory names and challenged him to come out of the room.

Holly eventually forced his way inside and grabbed the teen, who was 5 feet 9 inches tall and 116 pounds and unable to get by the 6-foot-tall and 200-pound Holly.

The teen armed himself with a knife and asked Holly to let him leave the house so that he could be picked up, according to investigators.

Holly advanced near other knives on the teen's dresser. The boy told police he believed Holly was going to grab one of the knives, so as Holly continued to advance, the teen stabbed him.

An autopsy determined Holly was stabbed seven times and died as a result of those wounds.

The teen ran to a neighbor's house seeking help. Dispatch records confirm a 911 call came from the neighbor's home at 8:37 p.m.

The teen gave police a statement about what had happened and investigators said the physical evidence at the scene was consistent with his description of events.

The Marion County District Attorney's Office reported Thursday that no charges would be filed against the teen.

"Under Oregon Law, a person may use deadly force against another person if the person reasonably believes that a person is using or about to use unlawful deadly force against a person," according to a statement from the district attorney.

The teen's father released a statement Friday saying the boy has been receiving trauma counseling since the incident. 

We are terribly saddened by this entire event. As our family slowly learned about the entire situation, it was obvious that the youth, the victim in this case, was acting entirely in self-defense and that the Keizer police were holding him on the wrong charge. Luckily, they released him after only two days in jail. The Marion County district attorney acted slowly, yet they did serve justice in the end.

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