APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors say a 17-year-old accused of killing his grandparents in eastern Wisconsin typed out plans for the shootings. Alexander M. Kraus was charged Tuesday with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide for the deaths of 74-year-old Dennis Kraus and 73-year-old Letha Kraus Sunday at their home in Grand Chute. Each charge carries a life sentence. The complaint says the plans for the killings were found in a backpack along with a book about an executioner.
BARRON, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say a Wisconsin man pleaded guilty to kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents is refusing to cooperate in his presentence investigation. The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports that a probation and parole agent filed a one-paragraph letter Monday telling a judge that Jake Patterson stated he was advised by his lawyer not to cooperate. Agent Jennifer Sem’s letter said she plans to complete the investigation “with whatever information I am able to obtain.”
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul is joining with a bipartisan group of lawmakers in support of a bill that would create uniform procedure for the processing and collection of sexual assault kits. Kaul and lawmakers on Tuesday announced the bill that’s designed to prevent a future testing backlog. The bill establishes requirements and timelines for health care professionals dealing with sexual assault victims.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan says he doesn’t know yet if he will endorse anyone in the crowded Democratic presidential field. Pocan is co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and one of the most liberal members of the House. He told reporters Tuesday he wants to see each of the presidential candidates addresses issues he cares about. Pocan says it’s early and he expects a number of the candidates will be the “flavor of the month” before the field shakes out in early 2020.