Man accused of killing ex-girlfriend, setting home on fire found dead in Louisiana

Patrick "P.J." Nolan was found dead in Louisiana, Sandy Springs police said.

Credit: Sandy Springs Police Department

Credit: Sandy Springs Police Department

Patrick "P.J." Nolan was found dead in Louisiana, Sandy Springs police said.

A man who allegedly killed his ex-girlfriend before setting her Sandy Springs home on fire was found dead in Louisiana on Friday, police said.

Patrick "P.J." Nolan’s car was located at a motel in Gonzales, La., and he was found in a room dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Sandy Springs police Sgt. Sam Worsham said in a statement. Gonzales is about 50 miles from Baton Rouge.

Nolan’s dog was found safe at the motel.


Amber Holliman (Channel 2 Action News) 


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Nolan was charged with murder, arson and aggravated assault after 39-year-old Amber Holliman was found dead May 26 in a house fire on Hammond Drive, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. It was later determined she died from blunt force trauma and a gunshot wound to the head.

Holliman had recently ended her relationship with Nolan.

The tragedy left Holliman’s daughter, Payton, without parental figures. The 18-year-old had just graduated from Riverwood International Charter School in Fulton County.

Nolan, who Payton considered a father figure, was named a suspect the day after Holliman’s body was found.

“We let him be a part of our family and he took my whole family,” she told Channel 2 Action News at the time of the killing, while Nolan was still on the run.

GoFundMe account created for Payton had reached more than $9,000 of its $10,000 goal as of Friday evening.

In other news:

Sgt. Sam Worsham, of the Sandy Springs Police Department, talks about the standoff situation that closed down parts of Roswell Road for more than 2 hours on Thursday, May 31, 2018. (ALYSSA POINTER/ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION)