Koula Interview Video Shown To Jury
'Can I tear his head off?'
That's what Eric Koula told a state agent what he thought should happen to the person who killed his parents. But during that same conversation two years ago, the agent informed Eric that some evidence is pointing to him as the killer. Today, jurors at Eric Koula's trial have been watching a video of agent John Christopherson talking with Koula in July of 2010, two months after the murders of Dennis and Merna Koula. Eric tells the agent about going shopping for plants on the afternoon of May 21st, at the hour police believe that he shot his parents. But Christopherson says Eric's cellphone signal traces him to his parents' house in Barre Mills, instead of the Shopko on Rose Street. Several times, Eric says 'I didn't do it.'
Welcome Legislators, To The Walker Brat Barbecue
A bipartisan party planned Tuesday night, not far from the State Capitol...
It's the brat and burger party that Governor Walker announced just after winning the recall election last week. About three-fourths of the state lawmakers are planning to attend...with Republicans outnumbering Democrats, about 2-to-1. On a visit to La Crosse on Monday, Walker said a variety of Wisconsin-made brats and beers will be served at the event.
Reporters will be kept out of the cookout...with the governor's office arguing that Walker and the lawmakers would not be able to socialize in a 'relaxed environment' if the media were there.
Wisconsin Group Joins Effort to Stop Internet Gambling
Some groups around the nation are hoping to stop legalized online gambling before it begins. Wisconsin Family Action is among the groups wanting congress to strengthen laws about internet gambling to keep states from seizing it as a revenue raiser for depleted coffers. Director Julaine Appling says expanding gambling would be detrimental to families
Appling says internet gambling would particularly create new addictions among young people.
Agent Testifies About Testing Koula Travel Timeline
A large part of the state's murder case against Eric Koula hinges on the idea that he allegedly killed his parents during an hour-long trip from La Crosse to his home in West Salem.
Investigators tested that theory before Koula's arrest, and one state agent talked about the driving experiment during the trial on Monday. John Christopherson was one of the agents who retraced the route that police believe Koula took on May 21st, 2010...if he was the actual murderer. He says the trip involved three legs...from Loomis Street in La Crosse to the home of Koula's parents...then over to the Shopko on Highway 16. Then, the final leg, to Eric's house.
That's nearly 23 miles, with a total driving time of 37 minutes. Prosecutors believe Koula could have spent 15 minutes at his parents' house committing the murders, and still arrived home by 6:30 p.m.
Study Finds Safe Water Not Always a Given in Some Communities
You can sometimes smell the chlorine in the drinking water coming from your tap. And that may not be such a bad thing. In fact, a new Wisconsin study found several instances of human viruses showing up in water supplies that were not disinfected through chlorination or some other process. La Crosse city water utility manger Mark Johnson says disinfection is key when doing water system repairs above ground
Water systems in Wisconsin typically use chlorine or ultraviolet light to disinfect water. But there are 60 systems that use no disinfecting process at all.