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Insanity plea entered in grandparents’ slaying

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — A teenager accused of killing his grandparents in Outagamie County has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.

A criminal complaint has charged 17-year-old Alexander Kraus with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the April 14 fatal shooting of Dennis and Letha Kraus at their home in Grand Chute. WLUK-TV reports a motive has not been disclosed.

If the case goes to trial, a jury would first determine if Kraus is guilty. And if so, a second-phase would determine if he was able to discern right from wrong. A psychiatric exam was ordered in court Friday. Kraus returns to court Aug. 6 for a motions hearing.

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