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Helgeson Pleads Not Guilty to Killing his Father

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Black River Falls, WI (WXOW) - The young man suspected of killing his father in Jackson County plead not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect during a court appearance Monday.

Lars Helgeson, 20, is charged with first degree murder and hiding a corpse.  

Lars allegedly shot and killed Brain Helgeson, his father, in September.  Brian's body was found buried on the farm where they both lived. 

According to the criminal complaint, Lars told a friend that he was tired of his dad being mean to him and slowing him down.  Another friend told detectives Lars said, in his words, "The gods wanted him gone. I did everybody a favor. It was a government deal."

Lars will now undergo a mental evaluation before the court proceeds.

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