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.
It's been eyed for awhile now.........and on Wendsday more details could be released on proposed road construction in Onalaska. City Engineer, Jarrod Holter, says one area of concern is the intersection of Theatre Road and Midwest Drive.
A public meeting has been set for Wednesday at Irving Pertzsch School from 4:30 to 7pm.
Winona Realtor Jack Krage and Senator Jeremy Miller, of Winona, will compete for the District 28 seat in the Minnesota Senate in 2012.
The Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party endorsed Krage at a convention last month. Miller got his party’s nod last month as well. Krage says he's got plenty of ammunition and that Miller’s record alone will bury him. Miller says he feels confident in being re-elected. Candidates have until 5pm today to file for office.
Generally, motor vehicles get license plates in Wisconsin. Not ATV's. Until now. Starting next month, the DNR will require you to put a license plate for the back of your ATV. And that's more than a few new license plates
Todd Schaller's with the DNR. The agency won't provide you with a license plate, so you have to buy one from a private company or make one yourself. As long as it's the right size, black and white, and the letters and numbers are big enough, you should be okay.
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.'