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Jury deliberating in photo store homicides

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) – Jurors are deliberating in the double homicide trial of a Minnesota man accused of killing a Wisconsin photography store owner and his teenage son.

The La Crosse County jury of seven men and five women began deliberating at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday in the case of Jeffrey Lepsch.

The Dakota, Minn., man is accused of fatally shooting Paul Petras and his 19-year-old son A.J. in May’s Photo in downtown La Crosse on Sept. 15 before taking off with $17,000 worth of equipment.

Prosecutor Tim Gruenke said Lepsch “accomplished what he set out to do – commit a robbery and kill the witnesses.”

Gruenke said Lepsch needed the camera equipment to sell for cash to support his family.

The La Crosse Tribune reports Lepsch’s attorney called the state’s evidence a “mirage.”

Information from: La Crosse Tribune, http://www.lacrossetribune.com

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