I-Team Exclusive: Dallas sons reveal what result in arrest in homicide of their father
DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – “Everyone desires to know what lastly occurred to get it right here and the reply is…”
Michael Tobolowsky sits surrounded by his two brothers and their mother in his Dallas legislation workplace.
The household is just not massive followers of interviews. They’ve solely sat down for a couple of during the last six years. And, they solely did these previous interviews in hopes at the present time would come. They say this can be their solely and final interview.
“I’ll by no means in 1,000,000 years overlook Jonathan’s scream the morning of May 13 (2016). That sound will likely be a nightmare in my thoughts for the remainder of my life. And this would be the equal however on the optimistic aspect…”
Michael Tobolowsky says his brothers and mother will always remember the precise phrases they heard in a cellphone name just some days in the past.
“‘My title is Detective Filingim and I’m the detective on Ira’s case and I wish to inform you now we have arrested Steven Aubrey for the homicide of Ira Tobolowsky.’ We simply exploded,” says Ira’s widow Debbie Tobolowsky.
She says it is phrases she didn’t know if she would hear in her lifetime.
After six years, Michael’s brother, Zach, says, “You get to the purpose when is that this ever going to occur.”
“I personally was very emotional. I had a really comfortable breakdown however like Michael and Zachary stated comfortable is just not the appropriate phrase, it was only a very adrenalin crammed second for me,” says Jonathan.
In the group setting, all of them agree that nobody had given up hope. And all of them consider the person lately arrested is “100-percent” the killer.
Six years in the past, the Dallas Fire Department responded to the Tobolowsky’s Preston Hollow residence engulfed in flames. Inside the storage, investigators found, Ira Tobolowsky, brutally murdered. In late April of this 12 months, Dallas police arrested Steven Aubrey on capital homicide expenses in Florida — the place he lived. Aubrey and Tobolowsky knew one another as a result of the 2 had been in a heated court docket battle.
According to police, “An investigation decided Tobolowsky entered his storage and was close to his automobile when Aubrey assaulted him, pouring gasoline on the sufferer, setting him on hearth, inflicting his demise.
The Medical Examiner dominated Tobolowsky’s demise a murder on account of thermal burns, smoke inhalation, and blunt pressure trauma.”
In the previous, Steven Aubrey has repeatedly denied the allegations to the I-Team. His lawyer has not responded to repeated makes an attempt to speak to him now.
In previous interviews with the I-Team, the Tobolowskys confirmed us a spot of their workplace which they known as the “warfare room.” Inside there, they collected and dug by what they consider was mounds of proof towards Aubrey- a person who was in a heated court docket battle with their father.
“We did as a lot as we may and something we received we handed alongside however we may solely achieve this a lot which is why everybody desires to know what lastly occurred to get it right here and the reply is…we received a detective who received it right here!”
The Tobolowskys name Dallas Police Detective Brian Fillingim their hero. “We received a detective who had a coronary heart …and was on a mission,” says Debbie.
Detective Fillingim was the fourth detective assigned to this homicide in six years. The brothers say he received the case 11 months in the past.
“When Detective Fillingim got here on there was already a mountain of proof that was convincing. …a part of the issues he did was to construct upon that. …that was solely a 12 months in the past,” says Zach. “We wouldn’t be right here with out Detective Fillingim.”
In final April, Detective Filingim flew to Florida the place Aubrey lived to make the arrest. The transfer thas now made headlines nationwide- even abroad in a number of well-known publications.
Jonathan says that is as a result of his dad was “a tremendous human being.” He says, “This rocked the world. This rocked the world when somebody like him was taken off of it.”
Despite years of agony, even the household realizes the variations of their faces and demeanor in comparison with different instances they’ve sat in entrance of the cameras.
“Look in any respect of our faces proper now,” says Michael. “We’ve talked to you and solely you many instances for the previous six years and I do not suppose any one in every of us smiled as soon as. There is that feeling that we have got however none of us can clarify it.”
Perhaps the current developments, in addition to what has occurred during the last 12 months, can clarify the brand new adrenalin-filled moments.
“Within 12 month, 3 grandkids one from every,” says Michael.
And the brothers glow explaining the chilling irony in every birthday.
“I’ve an 18-month-old boy Dylan Ira Tobolowsky. …Dylan was born two days after my father’s birthday,” says Jonathan.
“My spouse and I had a little bit lady in June. Her title is Isla Eve named after her grandpa Ira,” says Zach. “She was born the day earlier than Father’s Day.”
“My child was the final of the three of us. Monroe Ira Tobolowsky,” says Michael. “Monroe was born on his grandfather’s birthday, November seventeenth.”
Debbie smiles listening to her sons discuss.
And then, she is moved by the emotion. “I have a look at them and I cry as a result of they will not know their grandfather, however… these youngsters will develop up realizing their grandfather,” says Debbie.
“He’ll be their angel in heaven.” She wipes away tears and replaces it with an enormous joyous look.
Jonathan wraps up the whole interview with a thought which the whole household agrees on, ” I do not suppose she’s going to cease educating them about their grandfather similar to we did not cease hoping and dreaming final week would come.”
Steven Aubrey’s partner and former legal professional, Brian Vodicka, has been concerned within the authorized battles with the Tobolowskys.
In response to Aubrey’s arrest and the interview with the Tobolowskys, Vodicka offered this assertion the I-Team:
“Quite a lot of the journalistic stories, together with the Dallas Morning News, was chock stuffed with misstatements. Chock stuffed with misstatements. This persevering with sample within the Dallas police affidavits to judges to felony judges in Dallas jogs my memory of JFK and Lee Harvey Oswald. The one-thousand-foot view is three television collection all mixed into one. Dynasty meets Dallas meets JFK. The purpose I say Dynasty is as a result of you have got household intrigue. The purpose I say Dallas- you have got who shot JR? That’s who shot or murdered Tobolowsky. And the rationale I say JFK is due to the police and prosecutable misconduct. Parts of the police misconduct had been dominated on by Judge Jane Boyle and a few of these will go up on attraction and a kind of is sustained by abstract judgment towards the police for an unlawful entry into the house of Aubrey and Vodicka.
The title of the DMN article was false. The investigation went dormant in a chilly case for quite a lot of years. The detective himself, Brian Fillingin informed me proper at Steve’s arrest that he had been on the case for 10 months- that was the very same time I used to be making an attempt to get the deposition of Michael Tobolowsky within the civil rights case that was denied by the Justice of the Peace choose. The Tobolowskys have a historical past of secret justice and behind the scenes ex parte communications.
Mr. Aubrey is the basic one that was framed for the one of the vital egregious murders within the historical past of Dallas.
Regardless of Tobolowskys historical past of authorized gamesmanship, nobody deserves what he went by.
I’ve been praying for Debbie Tobolowsky as this can be very tough to hold on with out your soulmate and I’ve personally seen that on the widows of the healings service at Saint David’s Episcopal Church in Austin. It has been totally different to hope for Michael, Jonathan, and Zach once they have executed this fixed assault canine on Steve.”