Koula Trial: DA Says He Was Desperate for Cash, Defense Suggests Mistaken Identity By Robbers
The suspect in a La Crosse County double murder case is described as a man who loved his parents, and would never want to kill them.
Eric Koula's defense team made its opening argument in Koula's trial this morning. Lead attorney James Koby disputes the prosecution claim that Koula was nearly broke, and that he allegedly killed Dennis and Merna Koula two years ago to get their money. Koby says both victims were shot in the head at close range, with the guns 'perfectly placed' to kill with a single shot. He says that guns which were available to Eric Koula were not the ones used in the murders. The defense case also says a neighbor of the Koulas claims the couple was still alive hours after the time that police think they were murdered. Police and DA Tim Gruenke believe Koula was desperate for money after losing thousands in day-trading, and cashed a $50,000 check with a forged signature of his father the day after the shootings.
Opening Arguments Due Tuesday In Koula Trial
A jury is set for a double murder trial in La Crosse...
After the questioning of dozens of candidates, 15 jurors have been chosen for the Eric Koula trial. Opening statements will be made Tuesday morning, after which the jury will be taken to the Barre Mills home where Koula's parents were shot to death two years ago. Koula is suspected of killing his parents for money, but his defense team argues that the shootings appeared to be professionally done.
The Koula trial may become one of the longest murder trials ever in La Crosse County, scheduled to last four weeks. In June of 1994, James Frydenlund was tried for the beating deaths of his estranged wife and her parents. The case lasted nearly three weeks, and ended with Frydenlund being found 'not guilty.'
City Putting Final Touches on Garbage Rules
Final touches coming today on the latest version of new garbage regulations for the city of La Crosse. City public works director Dale Hexom says the last bits of work have to do with dealing with scavengers. Especially the ones that go after old TV's. Breaking them. Leaving a mess. Hexom says the new rules will assign responsibility for that mess
The city council has been trying to pass updated garbage rules for months. Landlords have, until now, been able to block a vote on new rules. The city's board of public works votes on the final ordinance today.
Barrett Says Walker Likes The National Attention, Ignores State
The challenger in the recall race for governor of Wisconsin has his focus on the Badger State...not on a national stage.
Democrat Tom Barrett tells reporters in La Crosse that he has tried to concentrate on statewide issues in his second run against Scott Walker. The mayor of Milwaukee believes Governor Walker has been too eager to make the recall race a preview of the presidential election.
La Crosse Congressman Ron Kind drove Barrett up to Jules' Coffee House on Pearl Street for a local appearance this morning.
Driver Following Cop Too Close Gets 4th OWI
A La Crosse guy might have avoided his fourth drunk driving charge this week-end. But tailgating a squad car on fourth street probably didn't help him. Cops say 48 year-old Kenneth Pederson not only tailgated the cop on Sunday afternoon but then sped up to pass around the squad. Pederson, who blew a .18, says he was just in a hurry to get groceries and go home.