(Beaver Dam) A five-day jury trial was scheduled Thursday for a Beaver Dam man accused of murdering his ex-wife. Ulisses Medina Espinosa is facing a felony charge of First Degree Intentional Homicide in the death of Stacia Hollinshead of Sycamore, Illinois, who was shot to death on March 23 inside a home in the 300 Block of East Third Street in Beaver Dam.
Beaver Dam Police Officer Meagan Scott, who was among the first on scene, testified that when she entered the home, she observed the defendants mother screaming, repeating to police “he killed her.” Scott said that she found Medina Espinosa kneeling next to a young child. Medina Espinosa and Hollinshead divorced two years ago and the 31-year-old defendant lost custody of their child. Scott said the victim made plans to bring the girl to see her grandparents in Beaver Dam for the weekend.
According to the criminal complaint, the five-year-old child 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 (quote) “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 Espinosa 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 to me. He is in jail now.”
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 Espinosa’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 Espinosa 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 grandfather gave police a sealed envelope from Medina Espinosa 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-Espinosa also indicated that his wishes are to be cremated.
Dodge County Medical Examiner PJ Schoebel ruled that Hollinshead died from 15 gunshot 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. The homicide charge carries a life prison sentence, if convicted. The trial is scheduled to begin on February 10.