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Trial of man accused of killing parents for money delayed for 4th time

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LA CROSSE, WI (WTAQ) - The trial of a La Crosse County man accused of killing his parents to get their money has been delayed for a fourth time.

Eric Koula’s trial was supposed to begin next Wednesday – but it’s been moved up to June 4th.

The defense wants to get a close look at fingerprints on a letter Koula received the week after his parents died. The message only read, “Fixed U.” Prosecutors said the 42-year-old Koula sent the letter himself – but the defense says a further examination might show that somebody else sent it.

Koula, of West Salem, is accused of killing his 68-year-old father Dennis and 65-year-old wife Myrna at their home in the La Crosse County town of Barre in May of 2010.

Eric is charged with 2 counts of first-degree intentional homicide, and with forgery for allegedly depositing a $50,000 check from his father’s investment account the day after the slayings.

Officials said Koula, a day-trader, was deep in debt at the time. 

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