Jury selection begins in photo store homicide case
Published 11:05 am Tuesday, July 23, 2013
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — Jury selection is under way in western Wisconsin in the trial of a Minnesota man accused of killing a camera store owner and his teenage son.
Prosecutors in La Crosse County say they will argue that heavy debt caused Jeffrey Lepsch to fatally shoot Paul Petras and his 19-year-old son, A.J. and steal merchandise at May’s Photo in La Crosse last September.
The 40-year-old Dakota, Minn., man has denied any involvement in the slayings. A criminal complaint says Lepsch stole $20,000 worth of merchandise from the photo store. Authorities say Lepsch needed money to pay a $60,000 judgment against him in a 2003 theft case.
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Lepsch is charged with two counts of first-degree homicide, armed robbery with the use of force and illegal possession of a firearm.