Suspect will go to trial in Beaver Dam shooting death
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Suspect will go to trial in Beaver Dam shooting death

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JUNEAU — Ulisses Medina Espinosa, 31, will go to trial for the shooting death of his ex-wife after probable cause was found by Dodge County Circuit Court Judge Martin DeVries Thursday morning.

Medina Espinosa is charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the death of Stacia Hollinshead and is being held in Dodge County Jail on a $2 million bond.

An autopsy showed Hollinshead suffered 15 gunshot wounds at an indeterminate range. She was shot three times in the left side of her head, eight times in her torso with all bullets entering her back, and four times in her pelvic and thigh region.

Dodge County District Attorney Kurt Klomberg called Beaver Dam Police Officer Meagan Scott to testify during the preliminary hearing.

Scott said she was one of the police officers who entered Medina Espinosa’s parents’ home at 322½ E. Third St. in Beaver Dam March 23 after police received a 911 call at 2:42 p.m. for someone being shot in the home. She asked Medina Espinosa’s mother what happened.

“She said, ‘He killed her; he killed her,’ in Spanish,” Scott said.

Scott said Medina-Espinosa was kneeling down near the 5-year-old daughter he shared with Hollinshead.

Hollinshead was found dead in a back room of the house, Scott said.

Medina Espinosa went to his parents’ house that day shortly after Hollinshead had arrived with their daughter. Scott said Hollinshead had brought the girl to see her grandparents and they were in the kitchen at the time.

“The defendant suddenly entered from the front door with gifts in hand,” Scott testified.

The daughter was excited and ran to her father, Scott recalled. Medina Espinosa’s mother said she went to the living area, but she soon went back to the kitchen where Hollinshead remained.

“She heard several gun hots,” Scott said from her conversation with the mother of Medina Espinosa. “She ran to him, and she saw him throw the pistol in the sink. That is when she saw Stacia, and she was not moving.”

Public defenders Ramneek Button and Greg Vollen represented Medina Espinosa.

Button asked if there were any weapons around Hollinshead and if they could tell if the wounds were entry or exit wounds.

Scott said there were no weapons around Hollinshead, and they were not able to determine if the wounds were entry or exit wounds.

Medina Espinosa graduated from Beaver Dam High School in 2007 and was employed at Kraft Heinz Company at the time of his arrest.

Medina Espinosa and Hollinshead divorced in 2016 and Hollinshead was 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. The DeKalb (Ill.) Daily Chronicle reported that those rights had been restored with specific conditions set for visitation.

Hollinshead, a native of Effingham, Illinois, was a DeKalb (Ill.) County assistant state’s attorney since November. She graduated from the Northern Illinois University College of Law last May after being a U.S. Army intelligence analyst for 11 years.

Medina Espinosa’s arraignment is scheduled for May 30.

Follow Terri Pederson on Twitter @tlp53916 or contact her at 920-356-6760.

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