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UPDATE: Wis. man pleads insanity in father's killing

UPDATED Tuesday, January, 7, 2014 --- 6:09 a.m.

BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. (AP) -- A 20-year-old western Wisconsin man has pleaded insanity to charges that he fatally shot his father and hid his body.

Lars Helgeson on Monday pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect to first-degree intentional homicide, hiding a corpse and vehicle theft.

The La Crosse Tribune reports the court will now proceed with a mental evaluation, which could take up to two months.

After the arraignment, assistant public defender Carly Sebion said people were concerned about Helgeson's mental state.

According to the complaint, Helgeson told investigators he shot his 57-year-old father, Brian Helgeson, four times at their town of Hixton residence in September before burning the body and burying it on their property.

Lars Helgeson was apprehended about the same time authorities found his father's body.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

Posted Thursday, October 3, 2013 --- 8:19 a.m.

BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. (AP) -- A criminal complaint filed in Jackson County says a 20-year-old man told investigators he fatally shot his father and hid his body because his dad inflicted physical and emotional distress on him.

The complaint says Lars Helgeson told authorities he killed his 57-year-old father, Brian Helgeson, because he was "imprisoning him" at the house they shared in the town of Hixton and he was "just sick of all of it."

Helgeson is charged with first-degree intentional homicide, hiding a corpse and driving a vehicle without the owner's consent. The La Crosse Tribune says a Jackson County judge Wednesday denied bail for Helgeson.

The complaint says Helgeson followed his father outside Sept. 16 or Sept. 17, fatally shot him, then burned his body before burying it on the property. A family member reported Brian Helgeson missing Sept. 23.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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