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Competency hearing set for inmate who threatened more killings if he doesn't get the death penalty

Charged with killing inmate at Pendleton prison
Indiana State Prison
Posted at 2:25 PM, Jan 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-07 14:25:40-05

ANDERSON — A competency hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Jan. 20 for an Indianapolis man currently serving two life sentences and who told a Madison County judge he will keep killing people until he is given the death penalty.

Tommy Holland, 45, is charged with the August 2019 stabbing death of 28-year-old Clifford Bagget at the Pendleton Correctional Facility.

In September, Holland rejected a plea agreement that would have resulted in his third life sentence.

Holland is serving two life sentences for murders that occurred in Marion County. Bagget, of Florida, was serving time for aggravated battery, battery, and possession of methamphetamine, according to court records.

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"His lawyer said (Holland) wanted to make a statement and that it was coming against the advice of counsel," Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings said in September. "What he basically said was, if you don't give me the death penalty I'm going to keep killing people until you give it to me."

The hearing did not proceed with the entering of a guilty plea. Instead, the judge ordered Holland to undergo a competency evaluation.

In addition to the two murders he's been convicted of and the third case that he has been charged in, Cummings said Holland is also suspected of additional murders.

Holland is currently being housed in segregation at Indiana State Prison in Michigan City.