UPDATE: Appeal filed by man accused of killing parents

UPDATED Tuesday, November 19, 2013 ---- 5:59 a.m.

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -- The man convicted of killing his parents in La Crosse County is asking for a new trial.

Eric Koula is serving two life sentences for the deaths of his parents, Dennis and Merna Koula, in May 2010. The La Crosse Tribune says Koula's new attorneys claim the trial judge improperly disallowed some evidence and that jurors heard prejudicial jury instructions.

Prosecutors argued at Koula's trial that his deep debt and floundering day trading career drove him to kill his parents for the inheritance.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


UPDATED Wednesday, August 15, 2012 --- 10:20 a.m.

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -- A man convicted of killing his parents has been sentenced in La Crosse County to life in prison.

Prosecutors say Eric Koula was motivated by inheritance money when he fatally shot Dennis and Merna Koula at their home in the town of Barre in May of 2010.

Judge Scott Horne told Koula he will never be eligible for supervised release. Jurors found the struggling day trader shot his mother at her home office computer and then waited for his father and shot him as he walked in the room.

WXOW-TV says Koula maintained his innocence at sentencing Wednesday, telling the judge he thinks about his parents every day and wishes he could talk to them. Koula says he will continue to fight for his release because "the person who did this is still out there."

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


Posted: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 --- 9:30p.m.

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -- Jurors in La Crosse County resume deliberations Wednesday in the case of a man accused of killing his parents.

Prosecutors tried to prove, through a circumstantial case, that Eric Koula fatally shot his parents for money. The defense argued Dennis and Merna Koula were victims of a professional killer. Defense attorney Jim Korby says there's no forensic evidence linking Koula to the crime -- no fingerprints, no DNA, no murder weapon.

District Attorney Tim Gruenke accuses Koula of planting evidence to mislead investigators.

The 68-year-old father and 65-year-old mother died instantly of gunshot wounds to the head May 21.

The La Crosse Tribune reports the jury failed to reach a verdict Tuesday after deliberating about 11 hours. They met five hours Monday.


Information from: La Crosse Tribune, http://www.lacrossetribune.com

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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