SHEBOYGAN, WI (WTAQ) - A judge in Sheboygan says he will not let a faraway jury determine the fate of two 14-year-old boys who are facing possible adult trials for a brutal murder.
Circuit Judge Timothy Van Akkeren says there’s no reason Antonio Barbeau and Nathan Paape cannot get a fair shake from residents in their home area.
Both are accused of killing Barbeau’s great-grandmother, ransacking her house, and then going out to buy pizza and marijuana with the money they allegedly stole. It happened last September at the Sheboygan Falls home of 78-year-old Barbara Olson.
The youngsters were scheduled to go on trial together next month, but the judge agreed to hold off jury selection until June 14th. That’s because the defense lawyers wanted more time to prepare their cases.
Paape’s lawyer asked for a change of venue, saying the news coverage about the case would discourage jurors from being fair. The judge disagreed, saying the coverage was informative and did not rally people against the defendants.
Paape has pleaded not guilty to a homicide charges, and he faces life in prison. Barbeau has pleaded insanity. If convicted, he’d also go to prison unless a jury finds him insane – in which case, he’d get an indefinite commitment at a mental institution.