Eric Koula’s 20-day trial for the 2010 shooting deaths of his parents begins today, when prosecutors will try to prove through a circumstantial case that he was motivated to kill.
The investigation is the largest in La Crosse County’s history with more than 15 local and state investigators dedicating hundreds of hours.
Much of the state’s case will focus on what prosecutors believe was the motive: The nearly broke West Salem day trader and heir to his wealthy parents’ estate killed them for the inheritance.
Koula called his parents’ home twice the day after they were killed to thank them for an anniversary present.
That same day, he deposited a forged $50,000 check drawn from his father’s investment account, reports stated.
Koula said his father gave him a blank check on May 20 when he stopped by his parents’ house for 10 minutes.
A financial expert determined Eric Koula was in debt and behind on his mortgage at the time, according to the complaint.
Greenspan's Body Count stands at 217.