An explosion that occurred yesterday at Holly Hill Farm Equestrian Center in Benton, Louisiana is being investigated by local authorities as a possible attempted murder case, and a farm employee has been taken into custody and charged as a suspect.
According to KTBS, an explosive device was detonated at the home of veterinarian Bobby Hewlett and his wife, Tracy, in the early morning hours of Dec. 19. Bobby and Tracy were sleeping inside the home at the time of the explosion and were uninjured in the blast.
Investigators determined that the bomb had been intentionally placed underneath the master bedroom in the pier-and-beam home.
Douglas Holley, 54, has been arrested and charged with two counts of attempted first degree murder and one count of manufacturing a bomb. Douglas, an employee at Holly Hill for the past four years, lives in a separate residence on the property.
Holly Hill is a well-known eventing boarding and training facility that hosts a spring and fall USEA recognized horse trials and is also the host site for the Area V Championships.
We are so relieved that no one was injured in the explosion, and we will update this post with more information as it becomes available.