LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Eric Koula is found guilty in the shooting deaths of his parents in their Barre Mills home in May, 2010.
The jury returned verdict around 330pm. They had deliberated two days before reaching their decision.
Koula shook his head slightly from side to side as the verdicts were read by the court clerk.
Koula was charged with killing his parents, Dennis and Merna Koula, in order to collect an inheritance to help dig himself out of a financial situation. Prosecutors argued that Koula was in serious financial trouble after failing as a day trader of stocks when he shot his parents.
The defense countered that Koula had a loving relationship with his parents. They also argued that Koula couldn't have shot them since he was helping a friend with a tiling project in La Crosse shortly before the shootings and that there was no way for him to get to their Barre Mills home by the time Merna Koula was shot at 541pm.
Koula was also found guilty of forging a check for $50,000 that he said was given him by his father.
Judge Scott Horne, following the verdict, asked each juror for his or her decision on the charges. All replied "guilty" to the three counts against Koula.
Sentencing is set for August 24th. Koula faces life in prison when he's sentenced.
Pete Zervakis will have more, including reaction to the verdict on wxow.com and on Live At Five.
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