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Minnesota man due back in La Crosse court in murder case

crime and courts Ellsworth,Wisconsin 54011
Pierce County Herald
Minnesota man due back in La Crosse court in murder case
Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

LA CROSSE - A Minnesota man is due back in court today on charges that he killed a La Crosse man and his son while robbing the father's camera store.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 39-year-old Jeffrey Lepsch of Dakota - and a judge will decide whether there's enough evidence to order a trial. Authorities said Lepsch shot-and-killed 56-year-old Paul Petras and his 19-year-old son A.J. on September 15th at May's Photo in downtown La Crosse. Lepsch also reportedly got away with $16,000 worth of camera equipment. Police said 14 items from the store were recovered at Lepsch's home earlier this month. Surveillance video from outside the store showed a man carrying bags of merchandise into a van matching the one found at the defendant's house.

Lepsch is being held under a two-million-dollar cash bond. He's charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, plus felony counts of armed robbery by force and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.