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Jury finds Lepsch guilty of homicides


LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - - A jury has found Jeffrey Lepsch guilty of the double homicide of Paul and AJ Petras.

The jury of five women and seven men deliberated for about four and a half hours before reaching their verdict.

Judge Ramona Gonzalez announced guilty verdicts in all four charges against Lepsch, the two homicide charges the most serious.

He was also found guilty of armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a felon.

As the first guilty verdict was read on the homicide charge, an audible cry came from the crowd, which included Lepsch's wife and mother. 

A visibly upset Angie Lepsch, Jeffrey's wife, was led from the courtroom following the conclusion of the court proceedings.

Judge Gonzalez said that sentencing for Lepsch will take place at September 6 at 8:30 a.m.

Lepsch faces life in prison when he's sentenced.

We'll have reaction to the trial and verdict on Live at Five, and our 6pm and 10pm Reports.


LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - The jury in the Jeffrey Lepsch trial has reached a verdict in the case. 

The court notified the media that the verdict would come down at 3:15 pm.

Lepsch is facing two counts of First Degree Intentional Homicide in the deaths of Paul and AJ Petras in May's Photo in downtown La Crosse in September, 2012.

The jury was out for about four and a half hours in their deliberations.  That included spending an hour watching a video of an interview done with Lepsch.

We will have the verdict live by clicking here.



LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - A jury of five women and seven men is now deliberating the fate of Jeffrey Lepsch on two homicide charges.

Jurors went into deliberations at 10:45 a.m. following roughly two hours of closing arguments and jury instructions.

In their final chances of swaying the jury, both prosecutors and the defense painted different pictures of the case.

District Attorney Tim Gruenke called Lepsch cold and calculating in the shooting of Paul and AJ Petras. He said Lepsch killed the pair in May's Photo because he needed the money and they were in the way.  Gruenke reminded jurors that a palm print matched to Lepsch was found on a display case inside the store.

Defense attorney Thomas Huh countered that surveillance video was of poor quality and that no one ever saw the face of the person coming into or out of May's Photo.  He also said that no DNA evidence was found inside the store that matched Lepsch.  Lastly, he questioned whether there was any way Lepsch could have killed two people and not have the effects of that spill over into his life without his family noticing anything.

WXOW.com will continue to live stream the case when the verdict is announced or if there is any kind of hearing in front of the court during deliberations.

We will also have coverage on Live at Five, the 6pm and 10pm Reports.


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