Suspect in San Francisco socialite slaying may cut plea deal

Kate Horan

The man charged in the horrific slaying of stunning San Francisco socialite Kate Horan might agree to a plea deal Tuesday, according to prosecutors.

Details of the plea deal have not been released.

On Oct. 29, 2010, Gary Scott Holland, 44, allegedly posed as a utility worker checking for a gas leak at the apartment building at 900 Chestnut St. Once inside the building, police say, he knocked on the door of Horan, 46.

Horan was found dead around 3 a.m. the next morning.

Holland was arrested a week later, after his mother filed a missing-person report. Investigators searched Holland’s room at the Castro Hotel in North Beach and found jewelry belonging to Horan, along  with bloody shoes and syringes, the hotel manager said.

The day after the search, police in the Outer Richmond district found Holland lying in bushes in Sutro Park.

Holland pleaded not guilty a year ago to charges of murder, attempted rape and robbery.

The murder case has crushed both families. A website dedicated to Horan’s memory drew nearly 100 comments from mourning family, friends and colleagues describing her as “vivacious, beautiful, intelligent and kind.”

In an interview with The San Francisco Examiner last year, Holland’s father called his son “a charmer and a con.”

“He’s disappointed us so much, we don’t want anything to do with him,” Gary Holland said during the interview. “Our condolences for the family. It makes me sick. It makes me sick for her family and her.”

Before the killing, Holland had been paroled from prison in April 2010 after serving 11 years of his 13-year sentence for slitting the throat of his mother’s aunt, nearly killing her.

Holland claimed he was blacked out on drugs. A roommate at the Hayes Street halfway home where Holland lived before moving to North Beach described Holland as a biker and Satanist.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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