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Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Was anyone arrested for man’s 2004 beating death in South Natomas?

Q: Several years ago, The Bee reported that a man was found murdered in a home on Millet Way. I was wondering if anyone had ever been arrested in that case and the identity of the victim.

Debra, Riverdale, Ga.

A: Four people were arrested in connection with the 2004 slaying of 37-year-old Clayton Skinner at his home in the 1000 block of Millet Way in South Natomas.

According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, Skinner died July 3, 2004, after suffering blunt-force trauma during an attempted robbery. The initial investigation produced no arrests, but in 2009, Sacramento police detectives taking a second look at the case gathered enough evidence to arrest four people: Robert Lee Hammons, Christina Marie Martinez, and brothers Teran Bernard Holliman and Taje Jakkar Holliman.

Teran Holliman, who pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter and robbery charges, testified that Hammons planned to rob Skinner at the Millet Way residence and smashed Skinner in the head with an anti-car-theft device when the victim pulled a knife to thwart the robbery. He said Martinez helped set up the robbery by posing as a car buyer interested in a vehicle Skinner had for sale. Teran Holliman said Martinez fashioned a garrote out of speaker wire and was prepared to strangle Skinner if he got up after the attack. He testified that his brother also hit Skinner with the device.

A jury found Hammons and Martinez guilty of first-degree murder, and both were sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole. Hammons, 30, is at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran, and Martinez, 30, is at the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla.

Teran Holliman, 25, received a 15-year prison sentence and is at the California Correctional Institution in Tehachapi. His brother’s case was decided in Juvenile Court, and Taje Holliman, 24, is at Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.