Both sides rested their cases today in the La Crosse double-murder trial of Jeffrey Lepsch.
Attorneys will deliver their closing arguments tomorrow morning. Jurors will then decide whether the 56-year-old Lepsch is guilty of killing camera store owner Paul Petras and the owner’s son A-J last September – and stealing almost 20-thousand dollars in camera equipment. Prosecutors said Lepsch needed the money to help pay back an old debt. One of the state’s final witnesses was a Whitehall woman who testified that she bought one of the stolen cameras in the incident. She said she turned it into police after seeing the person she bought it from, Lepsch, on the news. The defendant’s wife Angie said he was not capable of killing anybody, and Lepsch’s mother Sharon said her son never showed any violent behavior. The defendant himself refused to testify.