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Defense pins blame on other teen in killing

Published On: Jun 18 2013 03:20:48 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 18 2013 09:02:59 PM CDT

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SHEBOYGAN, Wis. -

The attorney for a 14-year-old boy contends the boy's friend planned the murder and robbery of the friend's great-grandmother at her Sheboygan Falls home.

Jurors heard opening statements Monday in the trial of Nathan Paape of Sheboygan.

The defense says Paape had come home from school last September when his friend, Antonio Barbeau, arrived with a hatchet and laid out a plan to murder and rob Barbeau's great-grandmother, 78-year-old Barbara Olson.

Defense attorney Chris Petros says Paape followed his friend into Olson's home and watched as Barbeau attacked Olson with a hatchet.

Sheboygan Press Media reports District Attorney Joe DeCecco told jurors that Paape and Barbeau conspired to and then carried out a plan to rob and kill Olson.

A medical examiner testified that Olson was struck at least 27 times with sharp and blunt objects.

Fond du Lac County Medical Examiner Doug Kelley performed the autopsy on Olson and testified Tuesday at Paape’s homicide trial.

Sheboygan Press Media reports jurors were shown photos of Olson's body. The images showed gashes and fractures to her head, face, arms and hands.

Barbeau pleaded no contest this month to first-degree homicide.

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