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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) -- Not guilty pleas are entered for the West Salem man accused of killing his parents in their Barre Mills home in May.

At a hearing Wednesday in La Crosse County Circuit Court, Eric Koula and his attorney stood mute to the three charges against him.  Two of those counts are intentional homicide charges in the shooting deaths of Koula's parents May 21.

The District Attorney's office alleges Koula murdered his parents over financial matters.

The defense chose to stand mute on those charges. Judge Scott Horne then entered not guilty pleas to the charges on Koula's behalf.

During the hearing, while planning the next court appearance, Koula's attorney says he doesn't want to request a speedy trial.

Attorney Jim Koby tells WXOW News 19 he hasn't received many of the documents about he case as of Wednesday's arraignment.

He says he needs to go through several hundreds, if not thousands of investigation records and financial documents.

Going into Wednesday's hearing, Koby says he only had the crime lab's report on the murder weapon, a handwriting analysis and autopsy report.

He says he needs time to review all the evidence as he prepares his defense of Koula.

In the end, Judge Horne set a status conference to review progress in the proceedings for November 9th at 3:00 p.m..

If convicted, Koula faces life in prison.


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