The three grieving sons of prominent Preston Hollow attorney Ira Tobolowsky pleaded for answers in their father’s murder, while also offering a $20,000 reward for information that would lead to the arrest of the person or people responsible. That money will be joined by $5,000 from North Texas Crime Stoppers, for a total of $25,000.
“We kind of feel like someone out there knows something, all we’re hoping for is that this reward will incentivize someone to come forward and help us figure out who did this and get justice,” says Michael Tobolowsky (see video below).
Tobolowsky’s body was found May 13 in the charred remains of his Kenshire home, which had suffered extensive damage from a garage fire. Fire investigators determined arson was involved, and that the local attorney had been murdered. Police have not released the cause of death.
“We’re looking for justice, nothing more, nothing less,” say Jonathan Tobolowsky.
Ira was a prominent litigator who argued in front of the Supreme Court in 1982. He had a successful career as a civil attorney in Dallas, which was an inspiration for his sons, one of which is now an attorney and another of which is studying law at Southern Methodist University. When asked whether they thought their father’s work had sparked his death, the sons say they could not be sure.
“We have no idea,” Michael says. “I think we’d all like to think it is, because that makes it easier to solve…”
According to NBC5 police have investigated at least one man who was involved in a civil dispute with Ira, but say he is not a suspect.
Ira grew up in Preston Hollow, graduating from Hillcrest High School in 1965 before heading on to SMU where he completed his undergraduate and law degrees. He was one of the youngest attorneys ever admitted to the Texas Bar Association and practiced law for more than 45 years, according to his obituary.
Police asked neighbors for any video footage that might have shown people coming and going from the Kenshire area on May 13. Any other tips can be reported anonymously to North Texas Crime Stoppers at 877-373-TIPS. Non-anonymous tips can also be reported to contact Dallas Police Detective Robert Laurence at 214-671-3704 or firstname.lastname@example.org.