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Minnesota man waives extradition; will return to La Crosse as he's charged with double homicide

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Minnesota man waives extradition; will return to La Crosse as he's charged with double homicide
Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

WINONA - A Minnesota man accused of killing and robbing a camera store owner and his son in La Crosse will return to Wisconsin to face his charges.

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39-year-old Jeffrey Lepsch of Dakota agreed to waive extradition yesterday during a court hearing in Winona. Prosecutors said he shot-and-killed 56-year-old Paul Petras and his 19-year-old son A.J. on September 15th inside May's Photo in downtown La Crosse. Police said they identified Lepsch's vehicle by looking at the store's surveillance video - and officers later found 14 stolen items from the shop during a search of his home. Authorities said he got away with $16,000 in camera equipment during the incident. Lepsch remains in a Winona jail under a $10-million dollar bond, as authorities arrange his transfer to La Crosse County.

A date for his first court appearance on the charges has not been set. He's charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, armed robbery by force, and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.

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