UPDATED: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - 12:20pm
NAVASOTA -- The community of Navasota has been searching for answers ever since a beloved liquor store owner was robbed and gunned down nearly three years ago.
But tonight, the small town can sleep a little easier knowing the two murder suspects are now behind bars.
It was an unthinkable crime.
On July 17, 2009, in broad daylight, two men entered 57-year-old Don Stolz's liquor store on Washington Avenue and killed him.
"A silent alarm had gone off at Mr. Stolz's store, which is the alarm indicating a robbery," said Navasota Police Chief Shawn Myatt. "When officers arrived, they of course found Mr. Stolz deceased."
Since the murder three years ago, Navasota Police have been investigating the case with the help from neighboring agencies to find the alleged killers.
And now thanks to a 9-1-1 call, two Hempstead men are behind bars.
"The 9-1-1 phone call that we received, that we believed was from Christopher Boulds, indicated that he was involved," said Grimes County District Attorney, Tuck McClain. "It was from him, indicating that he was involved in the shooting in Navasota."
Facing capital murder charges, 20-year-old Joshua Ragston and 26-year-old Christopher Boulds now sit in the Grimes County Jail without bail.
A relief to everyone involved.
"Everybody had so much adrenaline and things that we were just elated," said Chief Myatt. "I was shaky and just excited."
McClain added, "Rather than risk losing a case. I was willing to wait until we got what we needed and we got it now."