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Murder Trial Continues In Sheboygan County

The case of 14 year old Nathan Paape will go to the jury in Sheboygan County Court later today.  Paape is on trial for the murder of 78 year old Barbara Olsen of Sheboygan Falls and testimony ended yesterday.  Paape and his friend, 14 year old Antonio Barbeau testified against each other yesterday.  Barbeau has pled guilty in a plea bargain to killing his great grandmother last September and said he and Paape carried out the plan together. Later in the day yesterday Paape took the stand and said he never nodded to go ahead with the attack and feared Barbeau. The defense is attempting to prove that Paape was only a follower…the state contends both boys are equally responsible.  Also yesterday, the defense moved for dismissal of the charge, saying there may be enough evidence for a 2nd degree murder conviction, but not first.  Judge Timothy Van Akkeren denied the motion, saying it will be up to the jury.