Lester Ross, Jr.


Crimes: Murder

Back in 2009, Lester Ross, Jr. of Winter Haven, Polk County, Florida was embroiled in a nasty custody battle with Ronkeya Holmes of Georgia. They both wanted full custody of their little daughter, MaSarah. IMO, Ronkeya Holmes wanted her baby girl because she loved her more than anything, and Lester Ross, Jr. wanted her just to make Ronkeya Holmes suffer in the fires of hell.

In May 2009, little MaSarah was staying with her father and his wife, Sharon Ross Evans. Ronkeya Holmes was attending Savannah

I don’t know what exactly transpired, but one day Sharon Ross Evans arrived home to find the toddler dead on the love seat. Lester Ross, Jr. told her it was an accident. He told her that MaSarah had fallen off the bed. Riiight.

Funny how 911 was never called. That’s what you do when there’s an accident. Lester Ross, Jr. never called anyone. Instead, he carried the tiny body to the garage and put it into the deep freezer. He told his wife not to tell anybody, and she didn’t. She feared the man.

Actually, Lester Ross, Jr. gave his wife good reason to fear him, aside from the fact he’d just put his baby’s body in a freezer. Sharon Ross Evans had already survived years of abuse and a couple of incidents that brought her perilously close to death. One of those was when he wrapped a phone cord around her neck. The other was when he put a clothes hanger around her neck and choked her.

“I was scared to called police,” the woman said. “Lester told me he’d kill me.” And she’d been given reason to believe him.

MaSarah was only 3 1/2 years old when she was killed, bless her heart. Only two people knew she was dead — the hellbeastly killer and his wife.

Ronkeya Holmes certainly didn’t know her baby was dead. She wanted her back, but for months and months she was fobbed off with lies. Lester Ross, Jr. would tell her little MaSarah was napping or out of town.

Totally fed up, on October 3, 2009, Ronkeya Holmes drove 10 hours to pick up her daughter, but of course Lester Ross, Jr. refused to hand her over. How could he? The distraught woman returned to Georgia and on October 7, 2009 she reported MaSarah missing.

Lester Ross, Jr. must have anticipated the return of Ronkeya Holmes. He ordered his wife to purchase rat poison, and dissolve the pellets in a bottle of Coca Cola. She followed his orders.

Am I the only one who has trouble understanding how Sharon Ross Evans could do that? She knew he was murderous — his baby was in the freezer for f*ck’s sake! And here he was getting rat poison. If she didn’t know he intended it for Ronkeya Holmes, how could she be sure it wasn’t meant for her? He had threatened her life, after all. I just don’t understand why, when she bought the poison, she didn’t tip off the cashier to call police and turn the evil bastard in. I don’t understand why she didn’t try to contact Ronkeya Holmes and warn her that she’d be in danger if she came. I like to think I’d be selfless enough to try to save a life.

Ronkeya Holmes, of course, made another effort to retrieve her baby girl. On October 14, 2009 she once again drove all the way to Florida. The poor woman did not anticipate that Lester Ross, Jr. was planning to kill her, so she drank the soft drink she was offered. She died what was likely a terrifying death.

The monstrous, murderous hellbeast recruited his wife to help him dispose of both bodies. Ronkeya Holmes and MaSarah Ross were buried together in an orange grove off Sage Road in Winter Haven.

What was left for the killer to do was dispose of Ronkeya Holmes’ car and possessions. For that he recruited his cousin, Joseph Wilcox, to drive it to Florida’s east coast.

On October 19, 2009, Joseph Wilcox was pulled over by police in Lake Mary. They were looking for the missing woman and child who were not in the car, but they found their belongings in it. There were baby clothes and shoes, books and toys and a suitcase full of women’s clothing.

Joseph Wilcox told investigators that Lester Ross, Jr. had asked him to leave the car on the east coast.

The strange thing is that on October 20, 2009, Ronkeya Holmes’ mother and sister got a phone call from her cell phone where she said she’d been stopped by police and needed paperwork on her car. The phone call came from the Winter Haven area.

So who made that call? As far as I can tell Ronkeya Holmes was already dead.

When police interviewed Lester Ross, Jr. about his daughter and his ex-girlfriend, he told them he’d arranged to meet her at a Walmart in Haines City on October 18, 2009 to hand over little MaSarah. Security footage from Walmart naturally did not show any such event happening in the parking lot or in the store.

Winter Haven police got no further “cooperation” from Lester Ross, Jr. but they continued their investigation regardless. They had the help of the FBI and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. They searched high and low for the missing woman and toddler. They even dug up the back yard of the Ross home.

holmes_rossFinally, finally, over a year later, Sharon Ross Evans revealed to the police where they could find Ronkeya Holmes and her baby, and how Lester Ross, Jr. had killed them. On December 22, 2010 police uncovered the bodies buried in the orange grove.

Lester Ross, Jr. was charged with murder and manslaughter, aggravated child abuse and witness tampering.

At his trial, Lester Ross, Jr.’s mother testified that her boy was a caring father who grew up happy — and was apparently a snappy dresser. “He would never wear jeans, she said. “He always liked ironed clothes.”

Your life is pathetic if your mother uses your dress sense as an argument for your innocence.

On November 19, 2015, the jury deliberated for 9 hours before finding the hellbeast guilty of 1st-degree murder of Ronkeya Holmes and aggravated manslaughter of MaSarah Ross.

Lester Ross, Jr. was sentenced to life in prison. I, for one, hope that he is made to suffer daily for the rest of his worthless life.

RIP, Ronkeya Holmes and MaSarah Ross. I extend my condolences to friends and family who mourn your loss.

The Ledger article – car pulled over
Baynews9.com article – still missing
The Ledger article – indictment
Fox13 News article – trial begins
The Ledger article – ex-wife testifies
The Ledger article – verdict
Fox13 News article – sentencing

8 Responses to Lester Ross, Jr.

  1. DecentPeopleOnly says:

    Murder is of Course Evil and Deserves the Death Penalty

    Any Man that can Murder his Own Baby Daughter is a Fiend Not a Father in a Meaningful Sense

    • Jeni C says:

      I agree with you, DecentPeopleOnly. A father (or mother) that can do evil and malicious things to their own flesh and blood, deserve to have their own life taken from them. Murderers, in general, deserve death. Some of the sentences that these hellbeasts get are a joke…and a slap in the face to their victims, and the families of their victims. It reminds me of an abuse case that happened here in West Virginia. A man named Michael Merrifield physically abused his girlfriend’s son, Logan Goodall, for quite some time. He was only 2 years old when he finally succumbed to the abuse in 2005. The killer’s father knew about the abuse his s on was inflicting on the little boy. He was a doctor, and he treated the boy, because his son brought him to him! This man, who took an oath to “do no harm” let his son keep abusing the child and never said a word. The doctor/father of the killer, got 5 years of home confinement for not notifying the authorities about his son’s abuse of the child. The killer got life without parole. The child’s mother got 1 to 10 years, but was released after only doing 3 years! She knew the abuse was going on and never did anything about it…never stepped in to intervene. She could’ve left him and in the process, saved her son. People were outraged at her early release. It is sentences like the one given to this mother, that really burn me up. It seems, at least in Wes Virginia, a child’s life isn’t worth very much. People in this state have gotten more time in prison for robbing a place, or selling a few pills. Just goes to show you that material possessions seem to matter more, and are worth more, than a human life.

  2. Moodymagic says:

    This is a very sad and terrible happening. Burn in hell Ross. Murdering Monster.

  3. Jeni C says:

    Cleo, I had replied to DecentPeopleOnly’s comment above and mentioned a child abuse/murder case that happened in my home state of West Virginia, back in 2005. I have been through your archives and haven’t come across this case, and I just wondered if you would ever consider including it on your site. The hellbeast’s name is Michael Merrifield, and his victim was 2 year old Logan Goodall. As usual, he was the boyfriend of Logan’s mother, Pepper Eren. The details of the abuse could make one sick, but it gets worse: Michael Merrifield’s own father (and mother) knew their son was abusing this child, but did nothing about it. His father was a doctor, and he would bring Logan to him to treat him and to cover up the signs of abuse. His father did not report his son to the authorities. If you could check this out whenever you have the time, I think that you would agree that this hellbeast is worthy enough to be included on your site. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to speaking for victims…and for your tireless efforts at keeping the public informed about these monsters. You never know, one of your featured hellbeasts may be paroled one day…and the public deserves to know who they are and what they are capable of! Keep up the awesome job you’re doing!!

  4. DecentPeopleOnly says:

    Having Read Further this Article

    It is Monstrous a Baby Girl in a Freezer

    Definitely Sickening

  5. Bengalpuss says:

    I’m not passing the blame here but that murderous pigs wife has got to take some accountability here for fuck sake. She bought the poison that killed that poor woman knowing exactly what it was going to be used for. She may have been abused but you can’t tell me that she didn’t have a chance to go to or call the cops regarding that babies and her mothers murders, i don’t understand why she didn’t at least try to save that woman’s life? As for this pig i hope he enjoys his new home and cell mates, no doubt he’ll be protected, piece of shit he is.

    • J. J says:

      Benga I’ve been asking that same question since the baby was first “missing”.also think bout this tho, I watched them dig up that yard, and the whole time they digging that baby was n freezer n garage, the same freezer I saw every time the garage was opened, makes me so mad…..

  6. J. J says:

    I worked a year with Sharon Ross, she’s not innocent. And that monster Lester was just that a monster, loving, caring, I doubt that. They both were screwed up in the head. Ijs.

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