Trial begins this week for Minn. man charged in LaCrosse double murder


The trial of a Minnesota man accused of killing a LaCrosse, Wis. photography store owner and his son will begin begin this week.

The Associated Press reports that Jeffrey Lepsch, 40, of Dakota, Minn. is charged in the shooting death of Paul Petras, 56, and his 19-year-old son A.J. last September at their camera shop. Jury selection begins Tuesday.

The La Crosse Tribune reports that prosecutors are expected to argue that outstanding debt from a prior felony case led Lepsch to rob May's Photo. The paper reported that the two were both shot in the head when their store was robbed in the middle of the afternoon on September 15. Items worth about $20,000 and the victims’ cellphones were missing. The break in the case came when police reviewed surveillance video from a shop across the street and saw a man load several bags into a mini-van with an upside down trailer hitch. They later found the van and the stolen merchandise in Lepsch's Minnesota home.

Lepsch is charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, armed robbery with use of force and possession of a firearm and remains jailed on a $2 million cash bond.

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