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Lepsch likely headed to trial in Petras' homicides in Spring


LA CROSSE, WISCONSIN (WXOW)—Jeffrey Lepsch, the man charged in connection with the shooting deaths of Paul and A.J. Petras,  is likely headed to trial this spring.

At a hearing Tuesday, District Attorney Tim Gruenke said the state crime lab finished processing the majority of the evidence, but they are waiting on the results of a search of a computer.

Judge Ramona Gonzalez ordered all crime lab reports be submitted to the court by December 14, ahead of a December 19 hearing. At that time, a final trial date will be set. Judge Gonzalez said she's tentatively looking at May 6 for the start date.

The district attorney says he expects the trial to last about a week.

Lepsch's attorney's told Judge Gonzalez that they had no plans at this time to ask for an out of county jury for the trial.

Lepsch was not present at the hearing.

He is charged with two counts of First Degree Intentional Homicide in the deaths of Paul and A.J. Petras in September at May's Photo Shop. Lepsch was arrested by his Minnesota home in early October after investigators used surveillance video to track down a van driven by a person seen coming and going from the store around the time of the homicides.


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