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Eau Claire man pleads insanity to killing another man last June

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Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

EAU CLAIRE, WI (WTAQ) - An Eau Claire man has pleaded insanity to a charge that he killed another man with a crowbar last June.

A public defender for 52-year-old James Olson entered pleas of not guilty and not guilty by reason of mental disease Tuesday.

A judge appointed a psychologist to determine if Olson can help prepare a defense for a possible trial. The findings of that exam will be reviewed at a hearing on April 18th.

Olson is charged with first-degree intentional homicide.

Prosecutors said he killed 39-year-old Paul Oberle with a crowbar, after the victim returned home from his job on the overnight shift at a grocery store. His father found Oberle’s body in his yard. 

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