Robert Martin Brooks, age 39, entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Voluntary Manslaughter, and Jennifer Allison Demott, age 26, entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Aggravated Assault on April 10, 2017 in the Superior Court of Catoosa County.
On December 12, 2015, fifty-nine (59) year old Duane Hollenbeck of Dryden, New York was found deceased in the Chickamauga National Battlefield in a wooded area off of Alexander Bridge Road. Several days earlier, a missing person report was filed with the New York State Police concerning Hollenbeck by his neighbor and part-time caretaker. The New York State Police attempted to locate Hollenbeck via his cellular telephone and the last time Hollenbeck’s cellular telephone connected to a cellular tower was on December 8, 2015, to a cellular tower that was in close proximity to the Chickamauga National Battlefield.
Investigators with the New York State Police determined Hollenbeck left the Dryden, New York area on December 5, 2015, in the company of Brooks and Demott. A review of the victim’s financial records showed that the victim’s financial resources were accessed in the State of Tennessee at multiple ATMs. A review of the ATM video indicated that Brooks was the individual accessing the victim’s bank account.
Agents of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, along with agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and officers of the Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia Police Department were able to locate the motels utilized by Brooks and Demott in the State of Tennessee and were able to secure video surveillance of Brooks and Demott with Hollenbeck. Interviews conducted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation disclosed that Brooks and Demott utilized the victim’s financial resources to purchase a large quantity of methamphetamine. Brooks and Demott, in addition to using the methamphetamine themselves, gave methamphetamine to the victim as well.
After Brooks and Demott were taken into custody by the New York State Police, Demott gave multiple interviews in which she implicated Brooks in the victim’s death. A Crime Scene Specialist with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation assisted by the New York State Police processed the vehicle, Brooks, Demott, and the victim travelled in, and located the victim’s wheelchair, cleaning supplies, and a receipt for men’s shoes from the Payless shoe store in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, which is in close proximity to where the victim was located. Surveillance video confirmed that on December 8, 2015, Jennifer Demott purchased men’s shoes at the Payless shoe store in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia.
A medical examiner with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation determined that Hollenbeck’s death resulted from inflicted blunt force trauma with methamphetamine toxicity as a contributing factor. The medical examiner classified Hollenbeck’s death as a homicide.
On April 10, 2017, Senior Superior Court Judge F. Larry Salmon, sitting by appointment, sentenced Brooks to serve twenty (20) years in the Georgia Department of Corrections, and sentenced Demott to serve ten (10) years in the Georgia Department of Corrections to be followed by an additional ten (10) years on probation.
Robert Martin Brooks was represented by Mr. Michael Webb, of Decatur, Georgia.
Jennifer Allison Demott was represented by Mr. Kristin Patten of the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit’s Public Defender’s Office.
The case was prosecuted by Catoosa County Senior Assistant District Attorney Alan C. Norton and Assistant District Attorney Deanna Reisman.