Family of Zachary Holly's wife releases statement

Posted: November 28, 2012 at 10:43 a.m.

The family of the wife of the man arrested in connection with the death of 6-year-old Jersey Bridgeman released a statement Wednesday through Joshua Bryant, a lawyer. Amanda Holly is married to Zachary Holly, who was arrested Monday night and is in the Benton County Jail in connection with capital murder, kidnapping and residential burglary.

The statement:

We are deeply saddened by the death of Jersey Bridgeman. Although we know that there are no words of sympathy that will make the pain of Jersey's death subside, we wish to express our deepest sympathy and condolences to Jersey's family. We are praying for healing for Jersey's family and for justice to be done.

Jersey was a very sweet girl who our children and grandchildren considered their best friend. Because of this, we ask for privacy. The children in our family are not dealing well with the loss of their friend. While we feel a certain degree of familiarity is essential for their well-being, we also need time alone to mourn, seek answers to a great many questions, and heal.

Bryant said the statement was the only one that would be made by the family.

Correction: The statement is from the family of Amanda Holly, released through a lawyer representing the family. A previous version of this story erroneously reported that the statement was from Amanda Holly alone.