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Jury selection begins Tuesday for accused double murderer Jeffrey Lepsch

LA CROSSE, WI (WTAQ) - A nine-day trial is scheduled to begin this week for a man accused of killing a photography store owner and his son in La Crosse.

Barring a last minute plea deal, jury selection begins Tuesday morning in La Crosse County for 40-year-old Jeffrey Lepsch.

Prosecutors said the Dakota Minnesota man owed money in a previous felony case, and it apparently spurred him to kill 56-year-old Paul Petras and his 19-year-old son A.J. last September at May's Photo in downtown La Crosse.

Lepsch allegedly stole almost two dozen items from the photo shop, valued at $20,000. He has three public defenders who have not disclosed what they might tell jurors.

Lepsch is charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, armed robbery by force, and firearm possession as a convicted felon.

His previous felony involved the theft of $100,000 in merchandise from Ace Hardware near La Crosse. Last year, a judge ordered Lepsch to shell out $60,000 in unpaid restitution from that case. Reports said he has only paid a part of that restitution.