Beaver Dam homicide suspect sees bond set at $2 million

March 28, 2019 GMT

BEAVER DAM -- Cash bond was set at $2 million Tuesday afternoon for the suspect in a weekend homicide in Beaver Dam.

Ulisses W. Medina Espinosa, 31, of Beaver Dam, made his initial appearance Tuesday in Dodge County Circuit Court. He was charged with one count of first degree intentional homicide with domestic abuse assessments after he fatally shot his ex-wife 15 times.

Stacia F. Hollinshead of Illinois was shot to death inside a residence on the 300 block of East Third Street Saturday around 2:42 p.m.

According to the criminal complaint, Medina Espinosa went to his parents’ house at 322 1/2 E. Third St., Beaver Dam, Saturday shortly after Hollinshead had arrived with their 5-year-old daughter.

Medina Espinosa’s mother told police Hollinshead felt she needed to allow the child to see her grandparents. Medina Espinosa’s mother and Hollinshead had exchanged text messages to set up the visit Saturday, the complaint states.

According to the criminal complaint, Hollinshead arrived at the home between 2:15 and 2:30 p.m.

A short while later Medina Espinosa arrived at the home with gifts for the girl. The girl ran up to Medina Espinosa and his mother returned to the kitchen where Hollinshead had remained. Medina Espinosa’s mother told police that she heard several gunshots coming from behind her and then saw Medina Espinosa toss the gun in the sink.

Medina Espinosa’s mother told police that she ran toward him and then saw Hollinshead lying on the ground. She told investigators that she grabbed her son’s arm and screamed, “What are you doing?” The mother said he did not reply to her and had no expression on his face. He then went to his daughter who had started crying while his parents called 911.

When police arrived at 2:42 p.m., Medina Espinosa’s mother was crying and said in Spanish, “He killed her,” several times. According to the complaint, Medina Espinosa was kneeling next to the girl and was cooperative when he was taken into custody. He asked to speak with his lawyer.

The two had divorced in 2016 and Hollinshead had been granted a protective order against Medina Espinosa the same year. Hollinshead had full custody of the girl and Medina Espinosa had lost his parental rights, according to court records.

Stacia Hollinshead, who was the DeKalb County assistant state’s attorney since November 2018, had filed a restraining order against the Espinosa, according to Illinois Circuit Court records.

Dekalb County records show Hollinshead filed an order for protection on Sept. 28, 2016, against her ex-husband, Espinosa.

The records did not show if the restraining order was still in effect.

Court records also indicate the two had been married and filed for divorce in August 2016. According to the divorce records, Hollinshead sued Espinosa for child support in January 2017 and March 2018.

Hollinshead’s sister told police that Medina Espinosa has a long history of stalking, manipulation and attempts to control the victim once even finding a tracking application on her cellular phone.

She said her sister would never go to Beaver Dam if she knew her ex-husband would be there out of concern for her safety.

Dodge County Medical Examiner PJ Schoebel ruled Hollinshead died from 15 gunshot wounds. Three were to the left side of her head, eight to the torso and four to the pelvic/thigh area.