Priest Killed Two In Hudson Funeral Home: Deacon

A deacon testified Monday in St. Croix County Circuit Court that a priest admitting killing a Hudson funeral home director and intern in 2002.

Deacon Russell Lundgren says he talked to Reverend Ryan Erickson after police interviewed Erickson about the shooting deaths of Dan O'Connell and James Ellison.

Erickson was associate pastor at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Hudson and officiated part of O'Connell's funeral. He later moved to St. Mary's Church in Hurley where Lundgren was a deacon.

An investigative hearing in St. Croix County is expected to last three days. Circuit Judge Eric Lundell will rule whether evidence gathered by police provides probable cause that Erickson committed the crimes. The priest was found hanged last December from a fire escape at St. Mary's.

Lundgren says Erickson told him "I done it and they were going to catch me."


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