PD: Lewisville Man Kills Wife After Dog Defecates In House

LEWISVILLE (CBSDFW.COM) – According to officers with the Lewisville Police Department, an elderly man has admitted to shooting and killing his wife after becoming frustrated with one of his dogs for defecating inside their house.

Police say they became aware of a problem on March 27, when a supervisor with Verizon called to report that 49-year-old employee Bernice Stolz hadn’t been to work for several days and that it wasn’t  like her to miss work without calling.

Officers went to Stolz home, in the 1600 block of Chisolm Trail, and after getting no response from doorbell rings and knocks on windows and doors went into the backyard. When police entered the house through a sliding glass door an officer saw a dead dog on the living room floor.

According to a police affidavit, when officers entered the house and began announcing their presence, an elderly man yelled out from a hidden position and said he would be “out there” in a minute and that officers should not come back to where he was. As officers continued to try and coax the man out they noticed a smelled that they believed to be that of a decomposing body.

After the man refused to identify himself, come out into the open, or allow them to check the welfare of Bernice Stolz, the Lewisville SWAT team was called and executed a search warrant on the house.

A robotic device, with an attached camera, was sent in and showed homeowner Michael Stolz Sr., 76, lying on the floor, it was then the SWAT team broke into the house.

After Michael Stolz was taken outside, police discovered a second dead dog and then the body of a deceased female. Police said it appeared the woman had “suffered a gunshot wound to her head.” Officers did locate a gun inside the house.

Michael Stolz was soon taken to the Lewisville Police Department and questioned. It was then officers said they learned Stolz had been upset with one of his dogs for defecating inside the house. Stolz told detectives that when his wife continued to complain about the dog he went into the bedroom and got a gun.

According to the affidavit, Stolz then admitted to walking into the living room, shooting one dog in the head, and then shooting the other dog at least twice.

During the outburst Bernice Stolz allegedly had run, screaming into the kitchen. Michael Stolz told detectives that after killing the animals he then “started shooting his wife” until he ran out of bullets.

Michael Stolz then claimed that he hadn’t planned the murder out, because after killing his wife he didn’t have any bullets left to shoot himself.

Michael Stolz has been charged with Murder and remains in the Denton County Jail on $250,000 bond.

An autopsy on Bernice Stolz was performed Wednesday and the Tarrant County Medical Examiner ruled she died from a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

Police Captain Kevin Deaver said this is the first murder of the year in Lewisville.

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One Comment

  1. Mr. Reality says:

    It’s kind of like in the Manchurian Candidate. Instead of the Queen of Hearts activating his killer instinct, it was the deuce.

  2. Average Joe says:

    Well, at least Stolz gave the local cops a chance to call out the SWAT guys and play with their robot toys.

    1. Shakin my head foolish Joe says:

      Ignorant comment from not your average Joe. The average Joe would have more tact and intelligence.

  3. steve says:

    What color was the shooter?

    1. Earl Dumarest says:

      not sure. But Bernice was wearing a hoodie.

    2. lance uppercutt says:

      With a last name of Stolz I’m guessing he was of European origin. You can put your pointy hood back in the closet.

      1. Sammie Jo says:

        No sense of humor huh?

      2. Delynnia says:

        Yeah, with a name like Zimmerman, you wouldn’t think he was part-Hispanic, huh?

    3. Me. says:

      If Obama had a son??????

      1. altha says:

        ME Oh i see you trying to change the subject it was a White man that killed his dogs and wife.

    4. altha says:

      WHITE MAN!

  4. Earl Dumarest says:

    If I killed someone everytime my dogs took a dump in the house, the entire state of Georgia would be dead.

    1. Dumber than a Liberal says:

      Same here.

      Besides, if I didn’t have a convenient dog dump by me, where would i set my beer down?

    2. Deskboy says:

      Earl, your house must stink purty good.

      I like to take my dogs on walks where they dump on the neighbor’s swale. Try it, it is good exercise for you.

      just having fun…

  5. BOB says:


  6. Kelly says:

    My guess is the man suffers from dementia, or he’s just a mean sob. Maybe both.

    1. Russ says:

      Old school nut case

  7. Al Redwood says:

    Dog was an OWS operative!

  8. Diego Roswell says:

    Walk your damn dogs you lazy people.

  9. Ken Puck says:

    In defense of Mr. Stolz, this is his first offense.

    1. Marshall says:

      Let the man go, he’s got 2 more strikes still…

  10. ObserverNY says:

    Boy, think how bad the house stinks now!

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  12. M Rosenbaum says:

    What’s the issue here?

  13. Broadway Dave says:

    the man was 27 years older than his wife who knows what kind of tensions and disagreements this produced i think the dog thing was the last straw on top of a lot of other friction

  14. Chuck Njive says:

    Couldn’t he have just rubbed her nose in it.

    You could tell they were gonna have problems… he’s 27 years older than her…. and he’s not rich.

    1. Robert Shaw says:

      i’m 26 years older than my wife and we’ve been getting along great for years..you’re an ageist..age has nothing to do with a couple’s happiness if they’re interests are identical..the man in this article would’ve shot her regardless of her age..as a psyciatrist let me point out that studies show that being ageist is a type of prejudice.People who have a problem with ‘old people’ to begin with are generally the ones who are defined as being ageist.especially people between the ages of middle school anywhere into the 20 something year old range.unfortunately most 20 something year olds today have disrespectful notions and attitudes toward older people.ienotions that ,they’re funny humorous,gross,stupid, and referring to them as old farts,etc.. most old people in their 50’s and 60’s actually are as aware and focused as any 30 year old but the media and the way old people are displayed on tv and in movies seem to convince the average joe that old people all typically have a mental problem//

      1. Marshall says:

        Robert has the typical mental problems of someone in their 50’s and 60’s…

  15. Glynne1964 says:

    He says (according to the article) that the dogs are HIS. So why is it HER problem if the dog does his business on the floor? Can he not let the dog out??? He evidently isn’t immobile if he is able to go to the bedroom & get his gun!
    So instead of cleaning up after the dog…he just starts shooting. I have to wonder if this guy has anger issues. Hate to say it, but the woman & dogs are probably better off away from him, just shouldn’t have been this way.

  16. jon anthony says:

    1) Poor doggy
    2) Always keep one special bullet in a safe place. Just cuz. (I do)

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  18. daftaida says:

    I’ve been taking an interest in the surnames, race/religion of these outrageous and stupid murders over the years. Stokz, now what’s that? Not another one! I would insist that those who do not consider themselves ‘white’ of any nation, should not present, in their controlled press, murderers and perverts who are of a particular race, colour or religion/political agenda as ‘ordinary white folk’.

  19. toni says:

    **Stolz told detectives that when his wife continued to complain about the dog he went into the bedroom and got a gun. ** so i am guessing she may have been one of these women who complained and keep on and on until the only way to stop her is to shoot her (and i am not being funny) ,i know a couple people just like that, it is like would you please shut up omg* i would say his mind snapped and no more complaining, maybe why i don’t own a gun, just walk away instead.

    1. AK says:

      Or try the old way of “shut the f**k up” this generally will make someone stop vs. actually pulling out some type of firearm and shooting them dead. I am also glad you don’t have a gun, it is possible you might accidently shoot yourself with the gun instead of the “lady” complaining.

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  21. Bob in Ocala says:

    I hope they put him in a cell with two fight trained pit-bulls.

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