Jul 24, 2013 at 5:31 am
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — A jury has been selected in western Wisconsin in the trial of a Minnesota man accused of killing a camera store owner and his teenage son.
The La Crosse Tribune reports that attorneys Tuesday selected a 15-member jury, including three alternates, for Jeffrey Lepsch's trial.
La Crosse County prosecutors say they will argue that heavy debt caused Lepsch to fatally shoot Paul Petras and his 19-year-old son, A.J. and steal merchandise at May's Photo in La Crosse last September.
The 40-year-old Dakota, Minn., man has denied any involvement in the slayings. Authorities say Lepsch needed money to pay a $60,000 judgment against him in a 2003 theft case.
Lepsch is charged with two counts of first-degree homicide, armed robbery with the use of force and illegal possession of a firearm.
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