Last week Navasota Police arrested two people for the 2009 murder of Navasota liquor store owner Don Stolz. It took 3 years, but Monday the police chief talked about the unusual break in the case. Police say one of the suspects called 911 from his Hempstead home -- confessing to police of his involvement in the murder.
Nearly three years after a Navasota man was murdered inside his family business -- investigators in Grimes County got an unexpected phone call.
“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 Grimes County District Attorney Tuck McLain.
Police have been patiently waiting for DNA testing to directly tie 26-year old Chris Boulds and 20-year-old Joshua Ragston to scene of the crime.
“We already had verbal confirmation of those results, so based on that we were preparing to take them into custody within the next thirty days," McLain said.
Investigators aren’t sure what prompted the call – but Thursday Boulds called 911 from Hempstead.
“He would make statements like this was burning on his mind, he even talked about his uncle being a preacher,” said Navasota Police Chief Shawn Myatt.
Navasota Police were notified and within an hour-and-a-half had Boulds in custody where police say he later confessed his involvement.
"Calling 911 may be a sign of remorse, and saying I did something bad....He never said, Gee, I'm sorry, but you can take his confession how you want,” McLain said.
Shortly after, Ragston voluntarily turned himself in. According to McLain, if convicted of Capital Murder, Ragston won’t be eligible for the death penalty.
“The U.S. Supreme Court says anyone under the age of 18 is considered a juvenile,” McLain said. “He will be subject to life though; what his parole circumstances are, I cannot tell you.”
Boulds could get the death penalty if convicted of Capital Murder.