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Evidence Priest Killed Two In Hudson Funeral Home: Judge

A judge has found enough evidence to suggest a Catholic priest killed a funeral home director and his intern more than three years ago.

The Reverend Ryan Erickson killed himself in December after police questioned him about the slayings at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson in February of 2002.

St. Croix County District Attorney Eric Johnson says he had at least nine pieces of circumstantial evidence that point to Erickson as the killer of Dan O'Connell and James Ellison.

The evidence includes testimony from a deacon who said the priest confessed to him.

The conclusion of County Circuit Judge Eric Lundell closes the case.


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