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Police: Surveillance video "huge part" of homicide case

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - La Crosse Police Chief Ron Tischer says surveillance video played a "huge part" in the investigation that led to the arrest of Jeffry Lepsch in the shooting deaths of May's Photo owner Paul Petras and his son AJ Petras.

At a Thursday news conference, Tischer described the events that occured the day of the homicides inside May's Photo at 425 Main in downtown La Crosse.

Chief Tischer, says the videos, combined with the hundreds of hours of legwork done by investigators "was crucial to breaking this case."

Tischer says the surveillance video showed a man entering the store at 153pm. The man was also seen in the store at 230pm by an eyewitness.  The store was supposed to close at 2pm.

Finally at 258pm, the man is seen carrying four bags and a backpack from the store then getting back in a blue van.

Additional surveillance video found by investigators and shown to Pischke Motors owner Rahn Pischke identified the van as a 2001-2007 Dodge Caravan with an upside down trailer hitch.

After tracking down potential vehicles, the van was finally located in Dakota, Minnesota, says Tischer, by an investigator with the state Deparment of Criminal Investigation.  The van was registered to Angie Lepsch.

Search warrants of the van and the Lepsch home, according to Tischer, turned up more than a dozen pieces of camera equipment taken from May's Photo.

Investigators briefly talked to Jeffry Lepsch about the case before he stopped talking and asked for a lawyer.  He was later taken into custody without incident.  Lepsch is now in the Winona County jail awaiting extradition back to Wisconsin to face the charges.



LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - A news conference this morning may provide more details on what led investigators to arrest a Dakota, Minnesota man for double homicide.

On Wednesday, La Crosse Police announced that Jeffrey P. Lepsch, 39, was taken into custody near his home.  He is currently in the Winona County Jail according to court records.

The department is holding a news conference at 10am to release information about Lepsch's arrest on two counts of First Degree Intentional Homicide in the deaths of May's Photo owner Paul Petras and his son AJ Petras.

Investigators from La Crosse as well as the state have worked to solve the case since the two were found inside the store on September 15th by family members.

WXOW.com will carry the news conference beginning at 10am.


LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - La Crosse Police announced a short time ago that a Dakota, Minnesota is under arrest in the homicides of May's Photo owner Paul Petras and his son AJ Petras.

In a statement, Capt. Robert Lawrence says that Jeffrey P. Lepsch, 39, of Dakota, Minnesota, was arrested near his home Wednesday afternoon on two charges of First Degree Intentional Homicide.

Police plan a news conference Thursday morning at 10am to give further details of the arrest. No other information is coming out from the department until that time.

Paul Petras and his son AJ Petras were found dead in the store at 425 Main Street in downtown La Crosse on Saturday, September 15th.  It is believed the two were killed in the store between the time the store closed at 2pm and 515pm, when Paul's wife discovered their bodies.

According to online court records, Lepsch is in the Winona County Jail.




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