Holly declares innocence in online statement

By Luke Britt
Editor
Former Union Parish High School football star Trey Holly on Saturday issued a statement on social media saying he is “100% innocent” of the criminal charges levied against him last week.
Holly was one of three people arrested Feb. 15 for their alleged role in a Feb. 9 shooting at Union Villa Apartments in Farmerville that left two people wounded, one of them critically.
Holly’s statement read, in part, “I am 100% innocent and the people who know me know this is not in my character at all.”
According to Union Parish Sheriff Dusty Gates, at about 10:30 p.m. on Feb. 9 deputies responded to a report of a shooting at the Union Villa Apartments where the Holly family lives and arrived to find two people with gunshot wounds.
“I have been falsely identified, accused and arrested. I was not involved in the incident at all,” Holly said in his statement. “Due to this being an ongoing investigation, I cannot give many details. I got this and my story will be told one day and it will be LEGENDARY.”
Holly turned himself in to the Union Parish Sheriff’s Office after a warrant had been issued for his arrest and was charged with one count of attempted second-degree murder, one count of aggravated criminal damage to property and one count of illegal use of a weapon – all felonies. Holly has since been released on a $512,000 bond.
Arrested with Holly were Jordan Raymond Jones, 18, of Marion and an unnamed 16-year-old juvenile. The Gazette has been unable to identify Jones’ attorney and his status, as well as that of the unidentified juvenile, were unknown as of press time.
Jones is facing charges of attempted second-degree murder and illegal possession of a weapon. The juvenile faces the same three felony charges as Holly.
Holly’s attorney, Kelvin Rodgers, said Holly was at home with his family when more than one person who lived elsewhere came to the Holly home. Rodgers said he could not discuss what occurred in the period between those people’s arrival and the shooting.
“We’re limited in what we can say, for now,” Rodgers said. “Once investigators complete their work and turn over their investigation to the District Attorney, we can say more. But we can say this, Trey was home visiting his family and during his visit he was never anywhere he shouldn’t have been. He is absolutely innocent, and the evidence is going to show that.”
Holly is one of the most accomplished high school running backs in the history of Louisiana and as he approached graduation in 2022 was one of the most heavily recruited backs in the nation. He elected to play for the Louisiana State University Tigers and saw action in three games during his freshman season.
Shortly after his arrest, LSU announced that it had suspended Holly from the team.

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