Authorities in Wisconsin say a small town’s first homicide in more than three decades appears to be a tragic case of domestic violence.
While charges had not officially been filed against a suspect in the fatal shooting as of initial public statements by Beaver Dam Police Chief John Kreuziger, the Dodge County District Attorney’s office indicated that they would likely be coming at some point on Tuesday.
Authorities indicate 30-year-old Stacia Hollinshead was found dead in her home on Saturday, as reported by ABC News. Her ex-husband, Ulisses W. Medina Espinosa, was arrested on suspicion of what DeKalb County State’s Attorney Rick Amato called “the worst possible outcome of domestic violence.” He remained behind bars as of the latest updates available.
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Hollinshead, identified as an assistant state’s attorney in Illinois as well as an intelligence officer with the U.S. Army, was also the mother of a 5-year-old daughter who was reportedly at the residence at the time of her death. The young girl was taken into the custody of relatives, according to officials.
Reports indicate Hollinshead and Espinosa were divorced in 2016 and the former filed for an order of protection against the latter in the same year. The two continued to fight over custody, at one point reportedly leading to Espinosa’s loss of visitation rights for a period of time.
Amato went on to denounce the “learned behavior” that leads to domestic violence, noting that it is pervasive across social and economic lines.
“No faction of society is immune from it, not even those who work in the public safety arena, fiercely dedicated to stopping it,” he said in reference to his colleague.
The prosecutor described the victim as “yet another face and heart to fight for, and a reason to believe in the work that we do daily to free the victims in our community from the power and control of their abusers.”
In addition to the young daughter, Hollingshead left behind a boyfriend, Andrew Morris, who said he was devastated by the loss, according to the New York Post.
“I just have so much bitterness and anger right now,” Andrew Morris told the newspaper. “I was at the happiest I’d ever been in my life, and that’s when I lose her.”
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[Featured image: Stacia Hollingshead, LinkedIn]