Court documents: Beaver Dam homicide suspect killed mother in front of child

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BEAVER DAM, Wis. (WMTV) -- A Beaver Dam man is facing first-degree intentional homicide charges in the fatal shooting of his ex-wife, Stacia Hollinshead.

Charges were filed on Tuesday in Dodge County Circuit Court. Ulisses Medina Espinosa also appeared in court for the first time Tuesday afternoon. Espinosa, 21, has a cash bond set by the court at $2 million. The prosecutor had requested it be set at $5 million.

According to the criminal complaint, Espinosa went to his parents house on the 300 block of East Third Street in Beaver Dam Saturday afternoon. Hollinshead arrived at the home with their 5-year-old daughter.

According to online DeKalb County Circuit Court in Illinois, Espinosa and Hollinshead filed for divorce in 2016. Hollinshead had full custody of the girl and Espinosa lost his parental rights. Those rights were later restored with specific visitation conditions.

Hollinshead was a DeKalb County Assistant state’s attorney since November

According to the criminal complaint, Espinosa's mother Hollinshead was in Beaver Dam so the child could visit her grandparents. Espinosa arrived at the home after 2:15 p.m. Saturday and his mother did not know he was coming to their home.

According to court documents, Espinosa and the child were in the living room while his mother and Hollinshead remained in the kitchen. Espinosa's mother told police she heard gunshots behind her and saw Espinosa toss a gun into the sink. He then went to his daughter who was crying, while his parents called 911.

Espinosa's mother said he had never been violent in the past.

The criminal complaint also states the child spoke to officers saying Espinosa was not to see Hollinshead in person.

"It surprised me daddy was coming. He started shooting my mommy with a gun," the child stated in the criminal complaint. "He was really special to me. He is in jail now."

According to the child, after the shooting, Espinosa told her "The judge won't hurt us anymore."

If convicted Espinosa faces life in prison.