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Navasota Murder Victim's Wife Speaks Out About Arrests

Police say they have caught the suspects in one of Navasota's most infamous murders.

Two Hempstead men are behind bars charged with the capital murder of a Navasota liquor store owner that happened nearly three years ago.

26-year-old Christopher Boulds and 20-year-old Joshua Ragston of Hempstead were arrested Friday for the capital murder of Don Stolz.

They are accused of robbing and gunning him down and News 3 was told they were persons of interests early on in the investigation.

News 3 spoke with the victim's wife at her home in Hempstead, the same community were the suspected killers are from.

It's a day Nancy Stolz was wishing would happen for nearly three agonizing years.

While she says a huge burden has been lifted, she says she won't have peace until the persons responsible for her husband's murder are convicted in court.

"I miss him so much. There'll never be another Don," said Nancy Stolz.

Photos and fond memories of a marriage that lasted almost 29 years.

For Nancy Stolz the pages are times of happiness before what happened on July 17, 2009.

"But they didn't have to kill him. They need to pay for that," she said.

57-year-old Don Stolz was gunned down around noon that Friday at his Navasota Liquor Store the victim of an apparent robbery.

"That just tells you the mindset of these men. They were crazy enough to go in there and that kind of day. I mean they are not normal people," added Stolz.

Friday Navasota Police arrested 26-year-old Christopher Boulds and 20-year-old Joshua Ragston for the capital murder.

Both are from Hempstead.

Joshua was 17 at the time of Don's death.

"I've known that they were persons of interest for awhile. 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 Stolz.

Nearly a year and a half after the robbery and murder, new owners opened up a new store and left Don's legacy here too.

The sign Stands for Meschke, Walker and Stolz and July will be three years since the murder.

At one point Nancy Stolz even thought investigators had given up on catching her husband's killer.

"They would have made arrests a long time ago were they allowed too. They were working on it constantly," she said.

New customers like Ricky Griffin, who grew up in nearby Washington was glad about the arrests.

"From my understanding the guy that owned the store used to cash checks, he used to give them credit. He was a good guy," Griffin said.

"I think the one that is eligible for the death penalty should get it. I mean he took Don's life why should he be allowed to go on?" wondered Stolz.

Both Boulds and Ragston remain in the Grimes County Jail without bond.

We've also learned that Joshua Ragston's mother serves as an Alderman on the Hempstead City Council.

The Navasota Police Chief and Grimes County District Attorney are planning to hold a press conference Monday to tell us more about what new evidence led to the arrests.

It's unknown if the district attorney will seek the death penalty or life imprisonment for the suspects at this time.


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