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UPDATE: Neenah teen found guilty for grandparents murder in 2019

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June 10, 2021 3:45 p.m.

OUTAGAMIE COUNTY, Wis. (WFRV) – A jury has come to a verdict regarding a Neenah teen accused of murdering his grandparents in Grand Chute on April 14, 2019.

The Grand Chute Police Department investigated the death of Letha and Dennis Kraus after finding their bodies at W. Edgewood Dr. and arresting then 17-year-old Alexander Kraus.

The Neenah Joint School District issued a statement in 2019 regarding Kraus, who attended Neenah High School. “Grand Chute police informed the Neenah Joint School District that the student arrested on two counts of first-degree intentional homicide on Sunday also had a plan to cause harm at Neenah High School.”

According to court documents, after the fourth day of the jury trial, now 19-year-old Kraus was found guilty to two counts of 1st-Degree Intentional Homicide.

Kraus had originally pled not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect. The criminal complaint states he shot his grandparents with a shotgun and then called the police on himself. 

Thursday the court also ordered for pre-sentence investigation.

The sentencing hearing is scheduled for August 16, 2021.

Original: Teen accused of killing grandparents pleads not guilty

Jul 12, 2019 3:32 p.m.

OUTAGAMIE COUNTY, Wis. (WFRV) — The teen accused of killing his grandparents in April entered a plea of not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect Friday.

Alexander Kraus, 17, has been charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide in connection with the murder of Dennis and Letha Kraus in Grand Chute.

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Officials say if Kraus is considered mentally responsible for his actions, he will face mandatory life prison terms if found guilty. If a jury determines Kraus is not mentally responsible, he would receive psychiatric treatment.

Court records show a psychiatric exam was ordered Friday and a hearing in September will review those results.

Kraus will appear in court again on August 6.

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