Homicide trial delayed until June, judge denies change-of-venue

A Sheboygan judge denied a request to have the impending homicide trial of a Sheboygan teen moved outside of Sheboygan County, during a change-of-venue hearing in Sheboygan County Circuit Court Thursday, Feb. 14.

As reported in The Sheboygan Press, Circuit Court Judge Timothy Van Akkeren ruled that intensive media coverage of the case wouldn’t impede the court’s ability to find an impartial jury to hear the trial of Nathan Paape, 14, who, along with Antonio Barbeau, 14, of Sheboygan is accused of killing Barbeau’s great-grandmother in September at her Sheboygan Falls home.

During the hearing, Van Akkeren also agreed to delay the trial for both boys, who are being tried together, until June. Defense attorneys had requested the delay to have more time to prepare their cases.

The trial had been slated for early March, but with the delay jury selection will now begin Friday, June 14. A week-long trial is scheduled to begin Monday, June 17.

Paape has pleaded not guilty in the case, while Barbeau has pleaded not guilty by mental disease or defect.

The teens are both charged as adults with first-degree intentional homicide for allegedly killing Barbara J. Olson, 78, at her Sheboygan Falls home on Sept. 17, 2012 using a hammer and hatchet and then ransacking her house. The boys were 13 at the time the alleged crimes were committed.

If convicted, each boy faces life in prison and a minimum of 20 years behind bars, though they’d be sent to a juvenile corrections facility until at least age 17, and up to age 25, with the remainder served in adult prison.

The Olson and Barbeau family told The Sheboygan Falls News last week that a possible motive widely reported in local and national media outlets to be factual based on the criminal complaint is inaccurate.

Media outlets, including The Falls News, have reported that Barbeau and Paape went to eat pizza and buy marijuana with money stolen from Olson immediately following Olson’s death.

However, this was not expressed in Barbeau and Paape’s complete statements to police. Rather they did admit to using some of the money the following day.

The Sheboygan Falls Police Department, Sheboygan Police Department and Sheboygan County District Attorney’s Office have yet to indicate a motive in the case.

Portions of this report compiled by Jeff Pederson of the Sheboygan Falls News staff and courtesy of The Associated Press

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