first_imgCourtesy DeKalb County State’s Attorney’s Office(BEAVER DAMN, Wisc.) — A Wisconsin man, who allegedly shot his ex-wife multiple times just feet from their young daughter, had no history of violence, his mother told police.Ulisses W. Medina Espinosa was charged on Tuesday with one count of first-degree intentional homicide, under the elements of domestic abuse, after the murder of his ex-wife, 30-year-old Stacia Hollinshead.Hollinshead, an assistant district attorney in Dekalb County Attorney’s Office, was killed on Saturday.Espinosa, 31, is in custody and it is unclear if he has an attorney.Bob Barrington, managing attorney of the Dodge County District Attorney’s office — that’s handling the case — said that Espinosa made an initial appearance in court Tuesday and to $2 million bond was set. The criminal complaint details how police responded to a 911 call made by Espinosa’s mother, Maria Espinosa Rubio. In Spanish, Rubio told the officer that her son shot his ex-wife after he made a surprise visit to his parents house.“He killed her! He killed her! He killed her!” Rubio allegedly told the officer, according to the criminal complaint.Despite settling their divorce approximately two years ago, Hollinshead remained close with her in-laws and had arranged a visit for March 23, through text messages, “so they can see [the] female child,” according to the criminal complaint where Rubio’s statements to police were summarized.Hollinshead was granted full custody of their child by a judge, according to the officer’s statements in the probable cause portion of the criminal complaint.Rubio said during this visit to her Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, home that “suddenly Ulisses arrived at the house” shortly after Hollinshead and the child arrived around 2:15 p.m.Rubio told police that while it was a “surprises visit” it was “very normal that he arrived with gifts for” the child according to the complaint.At one point, Rubio and Hollinshead were in the kitchen and they left Espinosa with his daughter in the living room as he showed “her several toys he brought her.” Rubio said that “she suddenly heard several gunshots that came from behind her. While Rubio was unable to remember how many she heard, she just kept repeating that “she heard many, many gunshots,” according to the criminal complaint.When she turned, she saw Espinosa in the kitchen near where Hollinshead was on the ground “laying on her stomach with blood all over her back,” and she saw him toss a gun in the sink.“Maria told me that she grabbed Ulisses by the arms and screamed at him, ‘What are you doing? What are you doing?’ She said that he did not say anything, had no expression on his face and slowly walked back to female child in the living room,” according to the criminal complaint.Rubio said that her son went to the living room where the little girl was crying, and she ran upstairs to get her sleeping husband before calling 911. Another responding officer found approximately 16 spent shell casings and assessed that Hollinshead was dead at the scene, the report read.The initial responding officer detailed how Rubio told him that her son “has never been violent in his life. She said that this is completely out of his character. She kept telling me, ‘This is not my son. This is not my son.’”Rubio told the officer that the couple “never had any domestic incidents/physical fighting incidents” and that she had “no knowledge of him having any sort of guns/weapons, and has never used them in his past,” according to the criminal complaint.“She told me that he was having a very hard time with the divorce and court cases about female child,” the responding officer reported in the criminal complaint. Rubio told police that Hollinshead did have a restraining order against Espinosa “due to the divorce, but again assured me that he was not an aggressive or angry man,” the report states.Court records show that Hollinshead had a protective order filed against Espinosa in 2016 in DeKalb County, Illinois — the same county where she worked in the state’s attorney’s office at the time of her death.“Maria continued to tell me that she was completely shocked from the incident and could not believe that it was real,” the responding officer wrote in the report.Barrington said that Espinosa’s expected back in court for a preliminary examination on May 23rd. Espinosa is currently being held in Dodge County’s detention facility in Juneau, Wisconsin.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgIf misery truly loves company, boy do Bay Area football fans have something to share with the rest of the county on Thursday night.Behold our two NFL teams with a combined two victories after another pair of unsightly collapses on Sunday. The Raiders’ unreal fourth-quarter nosedive in their 42-28 loss to the Colts was tame compared with how the 49ers blew a 12-point lead in a last-minute defeat in Arizona. We’re conditioned to call the Raiders vs. 49ers game on Thursday the Battle of the …last_img read more

first_imgArchbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu is considered to be the moral conscience of the world. (Image: Desmondtutuhivfoundation.org.za) RELATED ARTICLES ∙ UN lifetime award for Tutu ∙ Tutu speaks out for press freedom ∙ Fifa awards Tutu’s football spiritLucille DavieCharismatic human rights champion and Nobel laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu turns 82 today. Archbishop Tutu – or the Arch, as he is fondly known – is often considered the moral conscience of South Africa and the world.A passionate opponent of the apartheid government and “rabble-rouser for peace”, he retired as archbishop of the Anglican Church in South Africa in 1996, and was given the title archbishop emeritus. He famously coined the term the “rainbow nation” when South Africa became a democracy in 1994.Together with his wife of 58 years, Leah, they handed over a new sports ground at the Marconi Beam Primary School in Cape Town on Saturday, part of a series of community events they are undertaking to celebrate their birthdays. Leah’s birthday is on 14 October, when she will turn 80.The Arch exudes love and tolerance wherever he goes, saying: “Nothing is too much trouble for love.”The first black Anglican archbishop in South Africa, he is known for his love of life and for feeling its deep emotions – at times he holds his head in his hands, appearing to weep, at others he throws back his head and gives a high-pitched, healthy laugh.Oppressed and the poorHe has devoted his life to the defence of the oppressed and the poor, promoting peace and reconciliation wherever he goes. He took up the fight against HIV/Aids and TB, and is the patron of numerous foundations and organisations. He is a close friend of spiritual leaders, political leaders, rock stars and ordinary people alike, from the Dalai Lama to Nelson Mandela to Bono.He is the chairman of the Elders, an international, independent group of influential people chosen for their outstanding integrity, courage and proven ability to tackle some of the world’s toughest problems. Although he officially retired from public life in October 2010, he has continued to chair the Elders.In the height of apartheid oppression in the 1980s, Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, in 1984. Other awards recognised his contribution to the fight for human rights: the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism in 1986, the Pacem in Terris Award (a “Peace on Earth” Catholic award) in 1987, the Sydney Peace Prize in 1999, the Gandhi Peace Prize in 2007, and the US Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009. He said: “Peace involves inevitable righteousness, justice, fullness of life, participation in decision making, goodness, laughter, joy, compassion, sharing and reconciliation.”He has taken up the cause of gay rights, and in recent years has fearlessly spoken out against corruption in the ANC government. His targets are not only local: he controversially said that former British prime minister Tony Blair and former American president George W Bush should be tried for war crimes for their role in the Iraqi war.Leadership posts and prizesThe Arch has held several distinguished academic and world leadership posts. He was elected Fellow of King’s College; president of the All Africa Conference of Churches, London; chancellor of the University of the Western Cape; the William R Cannon Professor of Theology at the Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta; visiting professor at the Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts; visiting scholar in residence at the University of North Florida, Jacksonville; and visiting professor of post-conflict studies at King’s College.In addition, he has honorary degrees from over 130 universities, including Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge, Columbia, Yale, Emory, the Ruhr, Kent, Aberdeen, Sydney, Cape Town, Witwatersrand, and the University of South Africa.He has received many prizes and awards in addition to the Nobel Peace Prize, most notably the Order for Meritorious Service Award (Gold) presented by former president Nelson Mandela; the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Award for Outstanding Service to the Anglican Communion; and the J William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding in 2008.In April 2013, he was awarded the Templeton Prize for his life-long work in advancing spiritual principles such as love and forgiveness. The prize is $1.7-million or R15-million, and previous winners include Mother Theresa and the Dalai Lama. The largest monetary prize in the world, it is awarded annually to “a living person who has made exceptional contributions to affirming life’s spiritual dimension”, though it has not been free of controversy.He is known for his deep faith and commitment to prayer, believing everyone was created in the image of God. He espouses the values of ubuntu, saying: “A person is a person through other persons.”Desmond Tutu Peace CentreAfter retiring from public life in 2010 – though he is never really out of the public eye – he devotes his time to the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre, a non-profit organisation founded and inspired by him and his wife. “The centre is committed to creating a society that nurtures tolerance and understanding amongst all people and is guided by the virtues that the Archbishop himself has identified as essential human values and the building blocks for sustainable peace: Love, Hope, Tolerance and Courage,” it states on its website.The centre runs several programmes – the youth peace summit, young women’s leadership, schools for peace, public dialogues, and collaborations for peace. It “acknowledges that it is through the efforts of many that peace is achieved”.In 1995, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was established to allow South Africans to hear the truth behind the loss of their loved ones during the struggle, on all sides, both at the hands of the apartheid security forces and the freedom fighters, to hear about the human rights violations, and to grant amnesty where appropriate. Tutu was asked to chair the TRC, with public hearings of the Human Rights Violations Committee and the Amnesty Committee held around the country.“Many people have asked me what I have learned from all the experiences of my life, and I say unhesitatingly: people are wonderful. It is true. People really are wonderful.”last_img read more