(Beaver Dam) Two Beaver Dam police officers were recognized Friday for their work in the successful prosecution of a homicide case. Lieutenant Terrance Gebhardt and Officer Megan Scott won the Dodge County Executive Law Enforcement Association’s Officer of the Year for their efforts to help prosecute Ulisses Medina Espinosa, who was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his ex-wife. Medina Espinosa’s ex-wife, Stacia Hollinshead, was visiting his parents with their five-year-old daughter in March of 2019. The defendant arrived at the home and murdered Hollinshead in the presence of the child.
Scott was the first to arrive at the scene and used her ability to speak Spanish to gather critical evidence in the moments after the killing. Gebhardt arrived shortly after to supervise and lead the investigation. These officers, along with agents from the Wisconsin Crime Lab, the Wisconsin State Patrol, the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office, the Dodge County District Attorney’s Office and the entirety of the Beaver Dam Police Department gathered the evidence necessary to bring a strong and compelling criminal case against Medina Espinosa. Scott and Gebhardt were always present during the trial process, attending several motion hearings and pre-trial court dates.
Dodge County District Attorney Kurt Klomberg says his office could not have served the victim’s family in the way they were able to without the direct partnership they had with Scott and Gebhardt. Klomberg adds that he is grateful to have both at his side. He says their actions represent the standard to which we all must aspire.