An Orange County grand jury indicted Edward V. Holley with a single count of second-degree murder in the 2003 death of ex-girlfriend Megan McDonald.
The McDonald family, through their attorney John Beatty, issued a statement saying they are relieved to hear that the grand jury has indicted the killer for murder.”
“The family of Megan McDonald, who was brutally murdered on March 14, 2003, is relieved to hear that the grand jury has indicted her killer,” the statement reads. “The family has been waiting for justice for 20 years and is grateful to the hardworking New York State Police and the special prosecutors appointed to present the evidence.
The family also expressed their gratitude to the community for their support.
“The indictment of Edward Holley is a significant step towards justice for Megan and her family. The family is hopeful that the judicial process will continue to progress fairly and impartially and that Edward Holley will be held justly accountable for his actions. The family would like to sincerely thank the community for their support during this difficult time. They ask for privacy as they continue to grieve the loss of their beloved Megan.”
New York Post reports that McDonald was the daughter of NYPD Detective Dennis McDonald, who investigated the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. He died one year before his daughter’s death.
According to police reports, McDonald attended a party on Mar.13, 2003, but left her friends to hang out with Holley. Her body was later found abandoned on a dirt road in New York. CBS News reports that the victim died of a blunt trauma force to the head.
— New York Post (@nypost) January 29, 2024
On April 20, 2023, Holley was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. According to New York State Police and the criminal complaint, Holley allegedly hit the victim countless times in the head while in her car in the early hours of March 14, 2003.
Since his arrest, Holley has appeared in Green’s court several times alongside his attorney, Paul Weber. Reports have it that Holley was scheduled to appear in Green court on January 31, but the indictment means that the case will now be transferred to Orange County Court, where Holley will be arraigned on the new charge on Feb 2.