Mistaken Identity Is One Defense Used In Koula Murder Case

Was a double murder in rural La Crosse County a case of mistaken identity?

The defense lawyers for suspect Eric Koula will argue during his trial this month that professional killers shot Koula's parents, apparently believing that they were in someone else's house. Defense attorney James Koby says a neighbor of the Koulas had received threats for weeks before the murders, and called Sheriff Steve Helgeson after the crime, suggesting that the intruders went to the wrong house.


Following opening arguments on Tuesday, jurors were taken to the Barre Mills house where the murders occurred two years ago. Another family is living there now.


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