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UPDATE: Jury requests info in Koula trial

LA CROSSE, Wis. -- There is still no verdict on whether Eric Koula is guilty of killing his parents over money in 2010.

It's the third day of deliberations for the jurors, who have three solid weeks of testimony to comb through.

This jury has been an inquisitive group from the beginning, and their deliberations have been no exception.

The jurors began deliberating at around 4:00 p.m. Monday and called it quits around 9:00 that night.

They picked back up Wednesday morning at 8:45.

Monday, they asked for the transcripts of some interviews between Koula and investigators from before he was arrested.

Wednesday the jurors asked for the same transcripts. Judge Scott Horne encouraged the jury to not focus on one piece of evidence, but to consider all of the evidence presented.

Tuesday morning the jury requested another look at the Shopko surveillance video played during the trial. That's where Koula says he was at the time his parents were murdered, although he is not on that surveillance video.


They asked two more questions Tuesday afternoon. They wanted to know the origin of the testimony that Koula's father had said he'd planned on cutting off his kids financially. The jurors also wanted to see some police reports that were not admitted as evidence during the trial.

To both of these questions, Judge Scott Horne responded that they must rely on their notes and collective memory of testimony given during the trial.

The defense said Koula is being kept in a holding room in the jail while the jury deliberates so he can be brought in quickly if the jury has questions.

The jury is being sequestered at a local hotel while they are not deliberating at the La Crosse County Courthouse.


LA CROSSE, Wis. -- Jurors are in their first full day of deliberations in the trial of Eric Koula.

The West Salem man faces two counts of first-degree intentional homicide for the May 2010 shooting deaths of Dennis and Merna Koula at their home in Barre Mills.

The case went to the jury at about 4 p.m. on Monday, after the prosecution and defense delivered their closing statements. Deliberations ended for the day at around 9 p.m. with no verdict.

The jury of seven women and five men resumed deliberations at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday. The deliberations are at the La Crosse County Law Enforcement Center.

Until they reach a verdict, the jury will be sequestered at an area hotel.

Koula has pleaded not guilty to the charges. He could face life in prison if convicted.

Stay with News8000.com for more on this developing story.

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