Jury convicts man of killing elderly Wis. woman
Prosecutors say Roalson shouted satanic references
HAYWARD, Wis. — A jury has convicted a man of killing a 93-year-old woman in northern Wisconsin in a case authorities said had satanic overtones.
Jurors on Friday convicted 30-year-old Christopher Roalson of first-degree intentional homicide in the death of Irena Roszak.
Prosecutors alleged Roalson and a teenage accomplice broke into Roszak’s home in Radisson in 2009. Prosecutors say Roalson shouted satanic references as he stabbed Roszak and she begged for her life.
WDIO-TV reports the jury deliberated about two hours. A sentencing date was not set.
Eighteen-year-old Austin Davis pleaded guilty to second-degree intentional homicide for his role in Roszak’s death.
Davis testified as a prosecution witness at Roalson’s trial.
The trial was overseen by an out-of-county judge and heard by an out-of-county jury due to publicity surrounding the case.