YAKIMA, Wash.--It was a vicious attack that family
members said took away a huge chunk of who Vern Holbrook is.
"He isn't the same person at all," said Andrew
Rockenfield, Vern's Stepson. "He can't really respond to people. We're not
quite sure if he knows who people are."
Family members said the thing that scares them the
most is that they don't know if he'll ever make a full recovery. The 78-year-old
suffered multiple skull fractures and cuts.
According to court documents, Luis Gomez-Monges and
Adriana Mendez used fake identities and a false back story to get the
78-year-old realtor to meet them for a house showing back in May. That's when he
was brutally beaten and his throat slashed.
"When he does have what I would describe as a
nightmare then he will talk sometimes, often times about how hard this situation
was for him and how scared he is and why are you doing this to me," said
Rockenfield. "What did I do to you?"
And why was the big question. Until now Yakima
County Sheriff's Deputies weren't releasing a motive. But recent court documents
implicate Daniel Blizzard as a big piece to the puzzle.
Blizzard and his brothers were going to buy Aspen
Real Estate from Vern and carried a million dollar life insurance policy on him.
When the brothers failed to make some payments, the deal was revoked.
Deputies said Blizzard and his girlfriend at the
time Jill Taylor, who happens to be Vern's former daughter-in-law, made
arrangements to have the older man killed. Taylor had her own grudge after Vern
stopped paying her rent and car payments. Taylor has not been arrested.
Deputies said this investigation is ongoing, and
Vern's family said they just want their leader back.
Blizzard is facing charges of attempted murder. His
bail is set at $1 million.