L.A. double-murderer charged with woman’s 1972 killing

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Monet Curtis was found guilty of one count of second-degree murder and one count of first-degree child abuse resulting in death of her 20 month old son. Curtis faces up to 40 years in prison for her crimes.
Monet Curtis was found guilty of one count of second-degree murder and one count of first-degree child abuse resulting in death of her 20 month old son. Curtis faces up to 40 years in prison for her crimes.

LOS ANGELES — A felon serving time for a double murder was convicted yesterday of killing a 79-year-old woman in her apartment in 1972, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Harold Holman, who turns 70 on Tuesday, was found guilty of the first-degree murder of Helen Meyler. The jury of nine women and three men returned the verdict shortly after closing arguments concluded.

Deputy District Attorney Beth Silverman with the Major Crimes Division said Holman bludgeoned Meyler to death in her bed with a blunt object on Aug. 27, 1972. DNA evidence connected Holman, who robbed and sexually assaulted the victim, to the murder, Silverman said.

Holman, who is currently serving a 45-year prison sentence for a double murder and a string of high-rise residential burglaries in the 1980s, returns to Department 125 on Aug. 10 for sentencing in case BA432938.

He faces up to life in state prison.

The Los Angeles Police Department investigated the case.