State responds to Eric Koula’s appeal of his life sentences

Wis. attorney general: The court got it right

The state responds to the West Salem man’s appeal of his life sentences for killing his parents.

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel said Eric Koula should not get a new trial. Koula was found guilty of killing his parents for money in 2012.

In December, Koula filed with state court of appeals to get a new trial, saying the judge admitted hearsay evidence denied evidence to support his innocence and that he had ineffective representation.

The attorney general says his claims are based on speculation and shouldn’t be cause for a new trial.

La Crosse County Judge Scott Horne denied a similar appeal early last year.                     

Read the 28-page response from Schimel on Koula’s appeal.