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La Crosse Murder Trial of Mother-in-Law

By: John Hoffland
By: John Hoffland

La Crosse County prosecutors say 58-year-old Jacquelyn LoPiccolo of La Crosse committed premeditated murder in the death of her son-in-law in the summer of last year.

The district attorney says the woman planned the killing and her husband Charles carried it out. La Crosse police say Charles LoPiccolo shot 21-year-old Irvin Johnson three times in the chest after he said Johnson called his wife vulgar names.

But, prosecutors are calling it a revenge killing saying Johnson was murdered because of so-called disrespectful behavior expressed toward the LoPiccolos.

Meanwhile, defense attorneys say Jacquelyn LoPiccolo "didn't mean it when she said wanted to kill her son-in-law."

They say instead that Jacquelyn's husband heard Johnson and his wife, who is the LoPiccolo's daughter; arguing and thought Johnson had attacked his wife.

Fifty-eight-year-old Charles LoPiccolo remains in jail charged with first-degree intentional homicide. He will stand trial separately.


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