UPDATE: Court upholds conviction for elderly slaying

UPDATED Tuesday, July 15, 2014 --- 9:36 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A state appeals court has upheld the homicide conviction of a man who stabbed a 93-year-old woman to death in northern Wisconsin.

The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday rejected the argument of Christopher Roalson. He was convicted in 2012 of first-degree intentional homicide in the 2009 death of Irena Roszak in Sawyer County. Roalson was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Prosecutors say Roalson shouted satanic references as he stabbed Roszak and she begged for her life.

Roalson argued on appeal that his constitutional rights were violated when the state failed to produce a DNA analyst who first analyzed the evidence.

But the appeals court in affirming Roalson's conviction says there was nothing wrong with another DNA analyst testifying in place of the original analyst.

Copyright 2014. The Associated Press.

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UPDATED Monday, March 4, 2013 --- 11:14 p.m.

HAYWARD, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin man will serve a life sentence without parole after being convicted of killing a 93-year-old woman in Sawyer County.

A jury found 30-year-old Christopher Roalson of Radisson guilty last September in the May 2009 killing of Irena Roszak.

Judge Kenneth Kutz also ruled Monday that Roalson and his accomplice, 18-year-old Austin Davis, must pay restitution to Roszak's family with what they earn working in prison.

The life sentence was mandatory under Wisconsin law. The Duluth News Tribune reports the only question at Roalson's sentencing was about parole.

Prosecutors say Roalson shouted satanic references as he stabbed Roszak and she begged for her life.

Davis received a sentence of eight years in prison for his role in Roszak's death. Davis testified as a prosecution witness at Roalson's trial.

Copyright 2013. The Associated Press.

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Posted: Friday, September 21, 2012 --- 4:08p.m.

HAYWARD, Wis. (AP) -- A jury has convicted a man of killing a 93-year-old woman in northern Wisconsin in a case authorities said had satanic overtones.

Jurors on Friday convicted 30-year-old Christopher Roalson of first-degree intentional homicide in the death of Irena Roszak.

Prosecutors alleged Roalson and a teenage accomplice broke into Roszak's home in Radisson in 2009. Prosecutors say Roalson shouted satanic references as he stabbed Roszak and she begged for her life.

WDIO-TV (http://bit.ly/SJrD9s) reports the jury deliberated about two hours. A sentencing date was not set.

Eighteen-year-old Austin Davis pleaded guilty to second-degree intentional homicide for his role in Roszak's death. Davis testified as a prosecution witness at Roalson's trial.

The trial was overseen by an out-of-county judge and heard by an out-of-county jury due to publicity surrounding the case.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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