Man accused in murder of two Vancouver seniors dies in custody: Victim’s family
A man accused of murdering two Vancouver seniors more than two years ago was found dead while in custody last week awaiting trial, according to the family of one of the murder victims.
In July 2020, Joseph Holland, 43, was arrested in Harrison Hot Springs and charged with the shooting deaths of his close friends, Dennis Wragg, 72, and Paul Tonks, 68.
Holland has remained in custody since his arrest with a preliminary hearing being held in Vancouver provincial court in January 2022 to determine whether there was sufficient evidence to proceed to trial. After a judge found there was enough evidence to proceed, a trial date of Oct. 11 was set for B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver, but when Holland fired his lawyer, the case had to be adjourned.
Tausha Tonks, one of Paul Tonks’ daughters, said Tuesday that an official from victims services notified her on Friday that Holland had been in court the previous day and then died later while in custody. She said she has not been told the cause of Holland’s death, a situation that she finds frustrating.