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Day Two Recap of Paape Trial

Nathan Paape & Antonio Barbeau
Nathan Paape & Antonio Barbeau

SHEBOYGAN, WI (WHBL) - Day two of the Nathan Paape trial saw the prosecution continue to establish their case that the 14-year-old aided in the murder of Barbara Olsen at her Sheboygan Falls home last September.

During the morning session, one witness District Attorney Joe DeCecco called to the stand was the medical examiner that conducted the autopsy on Olsen.  He detailed pictures shown to the jury of Olsen’s head, which had a gaping hole in the back, due to what he called "chopping"  injuries - allegedly by a hatchet.  He estimated 18 strikes to the head.

During the afternoon session, the jury heard Paape’s own words describing what occurred at Olsen’s residence last September 17th.  The prosecution played a taped interview between Paape and a Department of Justice special agent recorded two days later.  Paape said he was with Antonio Barbeau when he began to attack Olsen at her residence with a hatchet.  Paape would join in by striking her with a hammer a few times, due to fear of being attacked by Barbeau.  Originally the two planned to take Olsen’s body to the Sheboygan River to be dumped, but left it in her garage when they could not lift it into her vehicle’s trunk.  The two would then flee the scene with her car, along with money and jewelry from her and the residence.  Paape said the next day the two bought cleaning wipes, used them to clean up the vehicle, and then left it at a parking lot near Lakeshore Lanes in Sheboygan.

Wednesday will be day three of the trial.  The prosecution is expected to call one more witness -presumably Barbeau - before the defense will start presenting its case.