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Thief, Not A Killer: Defense Description Of Lepsch



Somebody killed two people at a La Crosse camera shop…but Jeff Lepsch didn’t do it.

That’s the defense argument being made today, at the start of Lepsch’s trial for the shooting deaths of Paul and A.J. Petras of La Crosse. Defense attorney Vincent Rust says police didn’t find anything at Lepsch’s home which would prove he was connected to the murders.  Rust says Lepsch was always looking for photo equipment to sell, but he never tried looking at May’s Photo, where the murders occurred. Prosecutors say stolen goods from the store were found at Lepsch’s home.


A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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