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CBS Program "48 Hours" to Feature La Crosse County Murder Case of Merna and Dennis Koula


The victims’ son, Eric Koula, was found guilty and sentenced to life in August 2012.


MADISON — The CBS program “48 Hours” will feature this Saturday, February 9, 2013, the La Crosse County murder case of Merna and Dennis Koula, who were found shot to death in their Town of Barre home in May 2010.  Their son, Eric, was found guilty by jury trial of their homicides in June 2012 and later sentenced to two consecutive terms of life in prison.


As part of the program, Assistant Attorney General Gary Freyberg, who prosecuted the case with La Crosse County District Attorney Tim Gruenke, was interviewed by 48 Hours correspondent Peter Van Sant.  Gruenke also was interviewed for the broadcast, along with retired Department of Justice -- Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Special Agent John Christophersen.


According to its website, the award-winning program is “television's most popular true-crime series, investigating shocking cases and compelling real-life dramas with journalistic integrity and cutting-edge style.”


The La Crosse County episode is scheduled to air on local CBS stations Saturday, February 9, 2013, at 9:00 pm CT.