abc
QUICK LINKS:

Court Upholds Conviction for Sawyer Co. 'Thrill Killing'

Updated: 07/15/2014 9:50 AM
Created: 07/15/2014 9:49 AM WDIO.com

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A state appeals court has upheld the homicide conviction of a man who stabbed a 93-year-old woman to death in northern Wisconsin.

The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday rejected the argument of Christopher Roalson. He was convicted in 2012 of first-degree intentional homicide in the 2009 death of Irena Roszak in Sawyer County. Roalson was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Prosecutors say Roalson shouted satanic references as he stabbed Roszak and she begged for her life.

Roalson argued on appeal that his constitutional rights were violated when the state failed to produce a DNA analyst who first analyzed the evidence.

But the appeals court in affirming Roalson's conviction says there was nothing wrong with another DNA analyst testifying in place of the original analyst.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Christopher Roalson
File photo

Front Page

  • Lydia Marie Barney Woman Charged with Murder after Stabbing in Stoney Brook Township

    There is new development in the murder case on the Fond du Lac Reservation. The husband of the victim has been released, and he is facing no charges. Instead, the woman who police had been searching for, Lydia Marie Barney, has been charged with second degree murder.

  • New York Officials: Doctor has Ebola, 1st in City

    A Doctors Without Borders physician who recently returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in West Africa has tested positive for the virus, according to preliminary test results, city officials said Thursday. He's the fourth confirmed case in the U.S. and the first in the nation's biggest city.

  • Minn. Officials Walk Through Mock Ebola Scenario

    More than 100 representatives from several Minnesota agencies are going through a mock exercise to review the state's preparedness in the event of a case of Ebola.

  • No Injuries in Early Morning Esko Structure Fire

    Deputies say there were no injuries in an early morning structure fire in Esko Thursday. Crews responded to the 200 block of Nelson Road around 4:30 a.m. Deputies said the cause of the fire was not suspicious.

  • 1 Dead, 1 Arrested in Cass County Crash

    An Aitkin County man is in custody and another person is dead after a two-vehicle head-on collision in Cass County. 

 

Dense Fog Advisory

MN AREAS AFFECTED: Southern Cook, North Shore; Southern Lake, North Shore
Expires: 10/24/2014 11:00 AM

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement