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Minnesota man due back in La Crosse court in murder case

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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.

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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.

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