Son charged in father's 1996 killing

Associated Press

MORA, Minn. -- Prosecutors charged a man in the 1996 death of his father after the man's friends changed stories that gave him an alibi.

Jason Lee Bolstad, 25, of Cottage Grove, was charged with second-degree murder Tuesday. He is accused of shooting and beating his father, Gary David Bolstad, to death during a robbery. He was jailed in Kanabec County in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Jason Bolstad received about $100,000 from his father's estate after the death. And when Gary Bolstad's body was found in his Mora-area home, his wallet was missing and a safe was open and empty, according to court documents.

The father had sold his interest in a housing business at the time and was known to carry large amounts of cash. He was shot at least three times, and was beaten on the head, court records said.


After getting a tip that Jason Bolstad's friends may have lied in the initial investigation, investigators re-interviewed them. Many changed their stories, Kanabec County Chief Sheriff's Deputy Steve Schulz said.

When detectives investigated Jason Bolstad in 1996, one friend told them he was with her the day of the shooting. That woman -- the sister of Jason Bolstad's now-estranged wife -- now says he left her for several hours the day of the shooting.

Billy vonWold, another friend, told investigators who re-interviewed him that he loaned Bolstand his family's Colt .32-caliber automatic pistol the weekend before the shooting. VonWold, who has been granted immunity, said he lied to investigators in 1996 because he didn't want to get into trouble.

Investigators examining vonWald's gun reported finding human blood on it. The gun was test-fired, and the bullets matched those from Gary Bolstad's body, investigators said.

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