BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Formal charges were filed Wednesday against a rural Hixton man in the shooting death of his father in September.
The Jackson County District Attorney's office filed a charge of First Degree Intentional Homicide and Hiding a Corpse against Lars Helgeson. He was also charged with a vehicle theft that occured around the same time as the homicide.
Helgeson had a bond hearing Wednesday in Jackson County Circuit Court. Judge Thomas Lister denied bond for Helgeson, who has remained in custody since his arrest last week.
The criminal complaint filed against Helgeson stated that he admitted to shooting his father outside the rural Hixton home either on September 16 or 17. When asked why, he told investigators, "He always torched me and (expletive), physically and mentally, he made it so I couldn't work anymore; that's why I did not have a job anymore. He was imprisoning me in that house." He also added, "I shot him alright; I did, with that gun you guys couldn't find in the woods."
Helgeson then told detectives that after shooting his father multiple times, he dragged the body from out front of the home burned him, then buried Brian Helgeson in a dirt pile near the residence.
The next scheduled court appearance for Helgeson is October 14.
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