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updated 9:53 PM CDT, Oct 24, 2014

Koula Asks for New Trial

  • Written by Bob Gabrielson
  • Published in News

(11/19/13) A La Crosse County man convicted of killing his parents for their money has asked for a new trial. 

44-year-old Eric Koula is serving two life prison sentences for the shooting deaths of Dennis and Merna Koula at their home in the town of Barre in May of 2010.  Eric's new lawyers claim that the judge in his trial disallowed some evidence improperly -- and jurors were given instructions that were prejudiced against him.  The public defender's office filed Koula's latest request with the La Crosse County Circuit Court just before yesterday's deadline to file for post-conviction relief.  If either side takes issue with the court's new ruling, they can take it to the state's court of appeals.  Prosecutors said Koula was deep in debt, and he didn't have much success with computer stock trading -- and that's what drove him to kill his parents for their inheritance.  Koula admitted planting false evidence to throw investigators off, but he continually denied killing his parents.  At his sentencing, Koula said quote, "The person who did this is still out there." 

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