Convicted Minnesota murderer seeks new trial

By: AP
By: AP

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -- A Minnesota man who was sentenced to life in prison for murdering a father and son has asked for a new trial.

The La Crosse Tribune reports Jeffrey Lepsch of Dakota, Minnesota filed a motion in La Crosse County Circuit Court. It claims nine of the 12 jurors believed he was guilty before his July 2013 trial.

Lepsch was convicted of killing Paul Petras and his 19-year-old son A.J. at their family-owned camera store in downtown La Crosse. He then stole 27 pieces of camera equipment worth $17,000. Investigators were able to trace the stolen May's Photo merchandise to Lepsch.

He was found guilty of two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, armed robbery with use of force and being a felon in possession of a firearm after a six-day trial.

A hearing on the motion hasn't been set.


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