Navasota Murder Suspects Have Extensive Criminal Histories

By: Stephanie Ando Email
By: Stephanie Ando Email

The two men police believe shot and killed a Navasota liquor store owner in 2009 have extensive criminal histories, according to public records.

Capital Murder is the most recent charge against 26-year-old Christopher Boulds and 20-year-old Joshua Ragston.

“As you know, they have been out and about for about three years. A lot of the criminal history actually has occurred, although non-violent, while they were out,” Grimes County District Attorney Tuck McLain said during a news conference Monday.

Joshua Ragston was 17-years-old when Hempstead Police arrested him for the first time. Later that year, police arrested Ragston for the unauthorized use of a vehicle. In 2011, he was charged with drug possession and evading arrest. Ragston was already in Waller County Jail for an attempted robbery when he was charged with Don Stolz' murder, according to police.

Christopher Boulds was also 17-years-old when Hempstead Police arrested him the first time for aggravated robbery. Boulds has been in custody twice since then, and he has a history of drug use.

“I will tell you that Chris Boulds and Josh Ragston were persons of interest within about 3 days of the crime,” said McLain.

Police were waiting for the results of DNA testing to tie the two main suspects to the scene of the crime.

"I've known that they were persons of interest for a while. They live in Hempstead, I live in Hempstead. It's been hard. It's been hard to know that they're the ones that did it that they lived right here," said Nancy Stolz, the victim’s widow.

Police finally had enough evidence after Boulds called 9-1-1 Thursday night. When Hempstead Police arrived, they found Boulds under the influence of PCP and he willingly admitted his involvement in Don Stolz’s murder. Boulds was taken to a nearby hospital.

“As a result of the 911 phone call, investigators with the Grimes County District Attorney's office and Navasota Police department went to talk to Mr. Boulds in Waller County. As a result, Mr. Boulds gave a statement to investigators that indicated his involvement as well as the involvement of Joshua Ragston in the murder of Don Stolz in 2009,” said McLain.

Ragston was a minor when the shooting occurred, so he is subject to life in prison if convicted of Capital Murder.

Boulds faces the death penalty if convicted of Capital Murder.

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