NEW INFORMATION: Son charged with misdemeanors after finding parents dead

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- An Eau Claire judge continued bond for Joseph Lantz Thursday in Eau Claire County Court.

22-year-old Lantz was charged with two misdemeanors, resisting an officer and disorderly conduct, after trying to enter a home where both of his parents were found dead.

According to the criminal complaint, several officers say Lantz was driving erratically past barricades to get to his home where the bodies of his parents, Karie and Dean Lantz, were discovered just before 3 last Monday afternoon.

Eau Claire Police say autopsies show that Karie and Dean Lantz died from single gunshot wounds.

The complaint says officers told Joseph repeatedly to stop, but he ignored their orders. After Thursday’s court decision, Joseph and his half-sister Angelina Schnook say they were disappointed with the DA’s office in continuing the charges against Joseph.

"Some of these possible penalties is jail time. How can we do this as a family if we're going to lose my brother? To have that hang over our head, that potential possibility is devastating when we already lost so much,” said Schnook.

We reached out to District Attorney Gary King, and he has no comment.

Joseph Lantz's next court appearance is scheduled for March 8.



EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Joseph Lantz has been charged with resisting an officer and disorderly conduct after trying to enter a home where both of his parents were found dead.

The 22-year-old Lantz was charged with the misdemeanors in Eau Claire County Court Wednesday.

According to the criminal complaint, several officers say Lantz was driving erratically past barricades to get to his home where the bodies of his parents, Karie and Dean Lantz, were discovered just before 3 last Monday afternoon.

Eau Claire Police say autopsies show that Karie and Dean Lantz died from single gunshot wounds. The complaint says officers told Joseph repeatedly to stop but he ignored their orders.

In an interview with WEAU last week, Joseph said he did it because he just wanted to see his parents.