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Judge Won't Reduce Bail for Man on Car-Chase Charges

A man identified by authorities as the suspect in a triple killing at a Janesville mobile home park was denied a request today to reduce his cash bond of $60,000 on charges in a car chase.

48-year-old James Koepp lives kitty-corner to the mobile home where the three victims were found dead January 12th. He faces traffic charges of drunken driving, reckless endangerment and fleeing an officer in the chase 4 days later.

After his arrest, Rock County Sheriff Bob Spoden and District Attorney David O'Leary announced they would charge Koepp in the deaths, but so far those charges haven't been filed. O'Leary has said he's waiting for the state crime lab to analyze possible DNA evidence.

Koepp's lawyer asked for a signature bond requiring no more than $200 cash because that's all Koepp could post.

But the judge said that wouldn't be enough on the traffic charges .. and since Koepp couldn't afford more, there was no need to reduce the bond.

AP


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