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Jurors at the Eric Koula murder trial may be seeing light at the end of the tunnel...
Thirteen days into the La Crosse County trial, they've been told that the defense is likely to call its last witness on Thursday. And after the D-A has a second chance at some witnesses, closing arguments could happen early next week.
Judge Scott Horne says the jury would be sequestered until it reaches a verdict...and if the discussions last more than one day, the jury could meet until 9 p-m on any given day. Koula is on trial for the shooting deaths of his parents over two years ago. The judge kept his schedule open for the trial through June 29th.
La Crosse's May unemployment rate has edged up over six percent. The latest numbers from the state shows the city with an unemployment rate of 6.1% for May. That's up from 5.8% in April but still half a percent lower than during May of last year. The lowest rate in the state continues to be in Caledonia which has an unemployment rate of 3.8%. The highest is in Beloit at 11.6%. Meanwhile, the state says La Crosse is just one of four measured metro areas in the state to lose jobs between April and May. But has still added 14 hundred jobs since Mayo of last year.
Practice rounds today for anglers taking part in the Bassmaster Elite tournament this week in La Crosse. Dan Deicher was out on the water early with Skeet Reese, 2009 Bassmaster Classic winner.
Cleanup from last weekend’s fire in UW-La Crosse’s Wittich Hall is
expected to take at least a month. Following a review of fire damage by the
state adjuster on Tuesday, the university is proceeding with getting more
details of the scope of work for cleaning and restoration of the
building, according to Bob
The building is likely to be off-line for a month while restoration work is
completed. During the next several days, employees who worked in the building
will be allowed in to retrieve work and personal items. State risk management
officials have not yet been able to provide a cost estimate for the
A forensic expert for the defense believes that the murders of Eric Koula's parents were the work of an 'organized do-er'...
Max Scott of Colorado does not use the term 'hit man,' but he argues that the lack of physical evidence and the skill of the shooter suggests that an experienced killer committed the murders at Barre Mills two years ago. Scott also suggests there could be two shooters, because the bullets that killed Dennis and Merna Koula may not have been from the same gun. The defense has argued throughout the trial that Eric Koula hardly ever fired guns, except to shoot at rabbits in his yard.