Closing Arguments Today in Paape Murder Trial
Nathan Paape in Sheboygan County Circuit Court Photo: Image by Butch Jorgenson, Journal Sentinel
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) -- Closing arguments are expected in Sheboygan County Circuit Court where a 14-year-old boy is on trial in the bludgeoning death of an elderly woman.
Testimony in Nathan Paape's trial ended Wednesday when Paape and his accused accomplice, Antonio Barbeau, each took the witness stand and gave widely varying accounts of how Barbeau's 78-year-old great-grandmother was killed.
Sheboygan Press Media reports Paape claimed he only struck Barbara Olson twice with a hammer out of fear Barbeau would turn on him. Paape said the robbery and murder were plotted and proposed by Barbeau just hours before they went to Olson's house. He testified he thought Barbeau was joking about killing his great-grandmother.
Barbeau has already been convicted of first-degree intentional homicide and is awaiting sentencing.