For Immediate Release
May 17, 2017
A 32-year-old Independence woman has been charged in the fatal beating of Holly Barnett, who was found in her residence in Independence, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.
Courtney A. Hackney, dob: 9/14/1984, faces Murder 2nd Degree and Armed Criminal Action.*
According to court records filed today, Independence police were dispatched Tuesday evening to the 700 block of Walnut Street after a caller say a person named Holly had been beaten to death with a bat. Police found Holly Barnett inside the home. She was deceased and sitting in a recliner. A baseball bat was observed nearby and appeared to have blood on it. A resident of the home told police that the defendant had let her into the residence and she observed the victim in the chair. The defendant told her the victim was sleeping. She ran out of the house, but the defendant attempted to drag her back in. She was able to get free and contact police. Police found the defendant later in the area of Woodlawn Cemetery. The defendant told police the victim was her aunt and stated that the baseball bat belonged to her. Witnesses told police they saw the defendant frequently carrying the bat.
Prosecutors requested a bond $150,000 cash.
For more information, contact:
Director of Communication
Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office
Jean Peters Baker, Prosecutor
Work : (816) 881-3812
Mobile: (816) 674-3954
*Charges are only accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until the defendant is either found guilty or has pleaded.