BOISE -- The trial for a Boise soldier accused of killing an Afghan Civilian is scheduled to begin this week. Private First Class Andrew Holmes and five other soldiers were charged with murder last year.
Dana Holmes, the mother of the 21-year-old soldier is preparing to travel to Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington for her son's court proceedings, which are set to begin Thursday.
“Hug him -- he has the best hugs and I just need to get a hug,” said Dana Holmes.
Dana Holmes is counting the days until she can be reunited with her son. That reunion however will come on the eve of Andrew Holmes' court proceedings where he will be tried for, among other charges, premeditated murder of an Afghan civilian.
“We hope it's coming to an end, we don't know at this point. It has been a difficult 18 months and two and a half years while he was deployed, but we're just looking for today and what we can do today to move forward,” said Holmes.
From the day he was arrested Dana Holmes has stood by her son.
“He looked me in the eye and said, ‘mama, I did not do this,’ and I think it's important that the public know that he did not commit premeditated murder and as long as there's a breath in me, I will continue to tell his story,” said Holmes. “It's taken a toll emotionally, physically, financially -- but there's no price -- as a parent that I'm not willing to get Andy's story out there.”
Over the past 18 months Dana has collected more than 50 letters of support from people around the country. Her hope is to show the judge in the proceedings just who Andrew is -- a son, she says could never commit murder.
“I'm committed to getting Andy's story out there, because I believe with my whole heart that he's innocent,” said Holmes.
Dana Holmes' said that negotiations have been on-going over a possible plea deal, but so far no deal has been reached.
If Pfc. Andrew Holmes is convicted with the most serious charge of premeditated murder, he could face life in prison.