LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - An emotional snapshot with the release of the 9-1-1 call made by the son of a Barre Mills couple when he discovered their bodies. A call made by the same man now accused of murdering them.
The call was made the morning of Monday, May 24th, three days after the murders of Dennis and Merna Koula in their home.
The couple's son Eric Koula made the call. In it, a nearly hysterical Koula tells the 9-1-1 dispatcher that his father is in the kitchen, his mother is by the computer, and neither are breathing. You can hear the entire call by going to the left of the story.
On Wednesday, Koula had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf to three charges, two of which are homicide charges.
Prosecutors claim Koula was facing serious financial problems and saw murdering his parents as a way to solve them.
By gaining access to his parents estate and financial resources, Koula could pay off his debts.
Dennis and Merna Koula were killed by shots fired from a .22 caliber rifle.
Koula's attorney, James Koby, argues that there is no physical evidence linking his client to the crime scene and that he could not have committed the murders based on the timeline established by the prosecution. Koby has filed a motion to have the charges dismissed due to the lack of physical evidence.
While the motion is under consideration by the court, Koula remains in jail on a $1 million bond.