The state Supreme Courtroom on Friday affirmed a decrease courtroom’s determination affirming the convictions for a Minnesota man serving consecutive life phrases for the 2012 murders of a father and son at their downtown La Crosse digital camera retailer.
Jeffrey Lepsch, now forty three, just isn’t entitled to a brand new trial, the Supreme Courtroom wrote in a choice.
Lepsch appealed the District four Courtroom of Appeals choice to uphold the convictions for the killings of Paul Petras, fifty six, and his 19-yr-previous son, A.J., on the now-shuttered Might’s Photograph on Foremost Road.
A La Crosse County jury in 2013 convicted Lepsch of capturing Paul and A.J. Petras on Sept. 15 once they interfered with a theft earlier than he walked from the shop with 27 items of digital camera gear value $17,000 to his minivan at Fourth and Principal streets.
Police discovered A.J. Petras’ physique close to the shop’s protected and his father’s within the rest room hours later when Sherri Petras went to verify on her husband and son.
Surveillance video, cellphone and car data led investigators to Lepsch, a broke, unemployed pastime photographer dwelling in Dakota, Minn., on the time of the killings. Investigators traced each piece of kit stolen from Might’s to his house or bought on-line to help his household of 5.
Lepsch argued on attraction that 9 of the 12 jurors in his trial failed to satisfy the usual of impartiality as a result of they believed he was responsible earlier than they heard the case or discovered regulation enforcement extra credible than different witnesses.
He additionally argued that he wasn’t current when the clerk of courtroom learn an oath to the complete panel of potential jurors, a violation of his constitutional rights.
Prosecutors contend Lepsch did not show jurors have been biased, stating they stated they might base their verdict on proof introduced at trial and the administration of the oath didn’t violate Lepsch’s rights as a result of it isn’t a part of jury choice underneath state statute.