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September 26, 2021

7/27/2021 11:40:00 AM
Holder makes first court appearance in Livingston attempted homicide case

The man responsible for attempting to take the life of a victim in Livingston in June made his first appearance in Grant County court.
Todd Holder appeared last week for a preliminary hearing in front of Grant County Judge Craig Day, responding to charges.
Holder, 52, of Livingston has been accused of attempted first degree homicide. On June 19, Nathan Gallagher, a detective of the Grant County Sheriff's Department, responded to a shooting that took place at the Hell's Inn Bar and Grill in the Village of Livingston. According to the criminal complaint, Gallagher spoke with a patron of the bar. According to the patron, Holder and 34 year old victim from Mount Horeb, Ari Williams (name had not been identified in the complaint) arrived 45 minutes after the patron. The patron told Gallagher that it appeared that Williams and Holder had been drinking.
The patron had heard the individuals talk about Williams marrying Holder's daughter. The conversation went south and Williams became irritated because "the black word" had been brought up. When Williams' voice became louder, Holder told Williams to "settle down boy," to which Williams told Holder to not call him that.
There was pushing involved between Williams and Holder, although no punches were thrown. Holder then walked out of the bar, while Williams stayed.
The patron said to Gallagher that Holder returned to the bar a few minutes later, asking Williams to come back inside.
When Williams went outside, the patron heard what sounded like firecrackers. The bartender went outside and then stated Williams was shot.
The second witness was the owner of the bar and the bartender at the time. Before the pushing match happened, the second witness thought Williams and Holder were "just bantering back and forth."
It appeared Williams grabbed Holder by the shirt, which prompted Holder to grab Williams around the waist. Williams then grabbed Holder and threw him on the ground. Holder then got up from the floor and left the bar. The bartender noticed that Holder left his glasses and went out to give them to him.
Williams stayed at the bar. It was five minutes later that Holder returned to the bar, not going in, and asked Williams to come outside. After Williams went outside, the bartender heard three to five sounds that she "thought were firecrackers." The bartender opened one of the two doors that gave access to the bar. It was then she saw Holder "holding a gun and aiming it at a downward angle toward the ground in the direction of where Williams was. The bartender also said that she saw Holder fire the gun one time by where Williams was found.
Holder left the bar and the bartender informed the first witness that Williams had been shot. She went to check on Williams who had been lying on the right of the outside entrance door to the bar, and observed one bullet hole in his stomach, "one on his side and observed him to have blood coming down both sides of his mouth."
A third witness said there had been a birthday party in Fennimore that she attended, and she returned to her home in Livingston at 8 p.m. At around 10 p.m. Williams and Holder got home from the birthday party.
Between 11:30 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. Holder and Williams left to go to the bar.
The third witness said she heard someone in Holder's room using a key to get into the closet where the safe was and the guns were kept.
The witness left the home concerned about Holder's behavior when he was drinking.
Grant County Deputy Jay Fitzgerald said he searched Holder's home and observed a black pistol on top of the air conditioner. It appeared to be a .22 caliber semi-automatic firearm.
Grant County Sergeant Dan Reuter was the first law enforcement officer arriving at the scene of the shooting, and observed the first two witnesses attending to Williams. Reuter observed three wound's to Williams' chest, two puncture wounds to the abdomen and a grazing wound on the left side of his chest. Reuter reported that Williams said "Holder" when he was asked who shot him.
Gallagher was informed by UW Police Officer Lee that Williams had been sent to surgery. He then told Gallagher that Williams was still bleeding into his abdomen and had a 50/50 chance of survival at that time.
A $25,000.00 cash bond has been set. The requirements of the bond included Holder to not possess any firearms, not possess or consume any alcohol. Holder must also not leave the geographic boundaries of Wisconsin.
A status conference is scheduled for September 14 at 11:30 a.m. The conference will be held in person.

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