Cash Bond Set At $2-Million For Beaver Dam Murder Suspect


Read the criminal complaint here:  Criminal Complaint_1 – Medina Espinosa, Ulisses W


(Beaver Dam) Cash bond was set at $2-million dollars Tuesday afternoon for the suspect in a weekend murder in Beaver Dam. Ulisses W Medina Espinoza of Beaver Dam is charged with one count of First Degree Intentional Homicide with Domestic Abuse Assessments. Stacia F. Hollinshead of Sycamore, Illinois was shot to death Saturday inside a home on the 300 block of East Third Street.

According to the criminal complaint, when officers arrived on scene a woman was screaming to police “he killed her, he killed her” and she pointed at Medina Espinoza, who was kneeling next to a young child crying profusely. Medina Espinoza was married to the victim but they divorced two years ago. The 31-year-old lost custody of their child. The victim brought the girl to see her grandparents in Beaver Dam over the weekend.

In what can only be described as a heart-breaking account, the five-year-old told investigators that her grandmother was calling police while her dad was still shooting her mom. The child said she came to Beaver Dam to visit her grandparents, then her “daddy came in and that’s why we have a huge problem here.”

The child explained that she was in the kitchen with her grandmother, heard the front door open, saw her dad and they met in the living room where he gave her a bunch of presents. Medina Espinoza then went into the kitchen and shot Hollinshead.

The little girl said “it surprised me that daddy was coming. He started shooting my mommy with a gun.” The child did not witness the incident but described being scared by the “booms” from the gun.

“He kept shooting my mommy,” the child said, “She didn’t die, but I don’t know what happened to her.” She said her dad “was really special me. He is in jail now.”

Beaver Dam Police Chief John Kreuziger tells that the child is with the victim’s parents.

According to eyewitness accounts from the suspect’s mother, Hollinshead had arrived at the house less than a half hour before the murder. It was around that time that the suspect had made a surprise visit to the house. The suspect brought several toys for the child and the victim was standing in the kitchen when gun shots rang out…(quote) “many, many gunshots.” Hollinshead was not moving and Medina Espinoza’s mother yelled at her son “what are you doing, what are you doing?”  The suspect did not say anything to anyone and just stayed kneeling next to the child until his arrest. She told authorities that her son has never been violent in his life and repeatedly told police “this is not my son.”

The victim’s family paints a different picture. Hollinshead’s sister told police that Medina Espinoza has a long history of stalking, manipulation and attempts to control…with the victim once even finding a tracking app on her cell phone. She said her sister would never go to Beaver Dam if she knew her ex-husband would be there out of concerns for her personal safety.

The suspect’s father gave police a sealed envelop from Medina Espinoza that contained two items: one a letter for his attorney and the other a “will and testament.” That second letter, written as if neither parent would be around, state’s that he wishes for custody of their daughter to be split between the grandparents. Medina-Espinoza also indicated that his wishes are to be cremated.

Dodge County Medical Examiner PJ Schoebel ruled that Hollinshead died from 15 gun shot wounds. Three to the left side of her head, eight to the torso and four to the pelvic and thigh region. Hollinshead was an assistant prosecutor in DeKalb County, Illinois.

A judge will decide on May 23 if there is enough evidence to order a trial. The homicide charge carries a life prison sentence, if convicted.