Jury selected in photo store homicide case

Minn. man accused of killing camera store owner, teenage son

Published On: Jul 23 2013 06:58:43 PM CDT
LA CROSSE, Wis. -

A jury has been selected in western Wisconsin in the trial of a Minnesota man accused of killing a camera store owner and his teenage son.

The La Crosse Tribune reports attorneys Tuesday selected a 15-member jury, including three alternates, for Jeffrey Lepsch's trial.

La Crosse County prosecutors say they will argue that heavy debt caused Lepsch to fatally shoot Paul Petras and his 19-year-old son, A.J. and steal merchandise at May's Photo in La Crosse last September.

The 40-year-old Dakota, Minn., man has denied any involvement in the slayings. Authorities say Lepsch needed money to pay a $60,000 judgment against him in a 2003 theft case.

Lepsch is charged with two counts of first-degree homicide, armed robbery with the use of force and illegal possession of a firearm.