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More doubt this morning in the Eric Koula case, about when Koula's parents were murdered...
The defense presented a neighbor, Jeff Elliott, who believes he saw Dennis and Merna Koula alive in their yard at 8 p-m, about two hours after the time police believe they were shot on a Friday in 2010. D-A Tim Gruenke asked Elliott how sure he was of what night he saw the Koulas in their yard.
Elliott says he recognized Dennis by his white hair. Investigators claim Eric Koula shot his parents between 5 and 6 p-m on that Friday, and reported finding them dead the following Monday.
The discipline case for a La Crosse police officer remains unsettled. But the city's Police and Fire Commission begins the process of dealing with Corrie Korn today. Korn and former officer Faling Yang were charged by the feds with illegal hunting while operating their guide service on the Mississippi. Yang resigned from the force, has been fined five thousand dollars, and has lost his hunting priveleges for two years. Korn has yet to be sentenced and remains on the force although he is suspended. An internal police investigation has concluded in the case and the city commission will determine the discipline which could include termination. The board considers appointing a hearing examiner in the case today.
So now that a 3 county commuter bus project has been put on hold due to a declined bid, what happens now. Peter Fletcher, a transportation planner at the Mississippi River Regional Planning Commission, says there's still hope.
The date was July 2nd to start the $3 a ride bus that included La Crosse, Vernon and Crawford counties. The Wisconsin DOT is paying about 80% of the project......at least for this year.
It probably cost more to fix a fire-damaged dorm at U-W-La Crosse this year than to build the dorm in the first place...
The renovation of Drake Hall is nearly complete, but it won't be open to students again until just before the fall semester. Campus residence life director Nick Nicklaus says the repair bill came close to three million dollars. And the remodeling process was prolonged by the need to replace wiring that was fused together by the January fire.
Nobody was hurt in the Drake fire, and the exact cause is still unknown. Meanwhile, the university expects the cleanup of another campus fire last weekend at Wittich Hall to take about a month.
Jurors at the Eric Koula murder trial may be seeing light at the end of the tunnel...
Thirteen days into the La Crosse County trial, they've been told that the defense is likely to call its last witness on Thursday. And after the D-A has a second chance at some witnesses, closing arguments could happen early next week.
Judge Scott Horne says the jury would be sequestered until it reaches a verdict...and if the discussions last more than one day, the jury could meet until 9 p-m on any given day. Koula is on trial for the shooting deaths of his parents over two years ago. The judge kept his schedule open for the trial through June 29th.