Crime and Court Roundup: Koula guilty of murdering his parentsWisconsin News
-- A La Crosse County jury has convicted a man of murdering his parents inside their home in 2010.
A La Crosse County jury has convicted a man of murdering his parents inside their home in 2010. Jurors found Eric Koula guilty after three days of deliberations. Prosecutors claimed the 42-year-old shot his parents for their inheritance. Defense attorneys blamed a professional killer. Koula said he was the shopping at the time although store video surveillance didn't back up his alibi. He faces a minimum of 40 years in prison.
State Supreme Court Justice Patrick Crooks says he will not recuse himself in the ethics case of Justice David Prosser. Prosser has asked all of his colleagues to step aside, saying they are all witnesses or biased against him. Crooks says he can decide the case fairly. Prosser faces potential discipline stemming from a physical altercation in 2011 with Justice Ann Walsh Bradley. Pat Roggensack is the only justice who has agreed to recuse herself so far.
Turns out a car pulled from the Fox River near downtown Green Bay this week was stolen more than 30 years ago. Police Lt. Andy Lewis says the 1975 Plymouth Valiant was reported stolen in March of 1979, by Paul Renard. Renard had left the car running in the parking lot of a bar. Lewis says after investigators removed all of the silt out of the car, they found that someone apparently used a tire iron to hold the gas pedal down, to drive the car into the river. He says that pedal was rusted to the floorboard and the transmission was still in drive. Lewis says there was no other evidence found in the car and the case is closed. Meanwhile Renard died in a boating accident in Green Bay last June. He was a Minnesota resident whose family has a cottage in the Green Bay area.
Police have identified a shooting victim in Fitchburg as an Iowan man. 25 year old Samuel John Harris was found in apartment building hallway near the entrance Tuesday. Officers have not identified a motive or suspects. Police are stepping up patrols in the area which has an elementary school near the building.
Federal authorities believe the same man suspected of robbing six banks in southeastern Wisconsin was behind a hold up in suburban Milwaukee. The latest robbery occurred Wednesday morning in an Associated Bank in Oconomowoc. From April 23rd to June 15th, he is believed to have robbed banks in Kenosha, West Bend, Fond du Lac, Richfield, Harford and Westfield.