SHEBOYGAN, WI (WHBL) - Both 14-year-olds who are alleged to have killed Barbara Olsen last September took the stand in the trial of Nathan Paape in Sheboygan County Court Wednesday.
Barbeau testified first as the last witness for the prosecution's case. Barbeau, who has pled no contest in a plea deal, sat calmly on the stand answering questions from DA Joe DeCecco about that day when they entered 78 year old Barbara Olsen’s garage. He said she met them and invited them in. He said once he looked at Paape and he nodded at him, he began to strike Olsen with a hatchet. Barbeau said then Paape began hitting his great grandmother with a hammer. Even with cries from Olsen to stop, Barbeau continued to strike her until she stopped talking.
Later in the afternoon, Paape took to the stand as part of the defense's case. Paape recounted the events surrounding Olsen's death from a few days before the murder and a few days after. Paape said that just before Barbeau started attacking, he did not nod to him in any way. Also, when cross examined by DA Joe DeCecco, he did not say he was forced into the actions by any threats said by Barbeau.
Both the prosecution and defense will have their closing arguments when the trial resumes Thursday. Then the jury will get their instructions from Judge Timothy Van Akkeren and then decide on the case.