UPDATE: Suspect in Grand Chute double homicide waives preliminary hearing

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Kraus waives preliminary hearing, arraignment scheduled for July

THURSDAY 6/13/19 11 a.m.

The suspect in April’s Grand Chute double homicide, Alexander Kraus, has waived his preliminary hearing.

His arraignment is scheduled for July 8th, 11 a.m. in Appleton.

Read more about the case in previous updates found below.

17-year-old Alexander Kraus charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide

TUESDAY 4/16/2019 4:45 p.m.

Alexander Kraus has been charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide. The criminal complaint states he shot his grandparents with a shotgun and then called the police on himself. 

A $2 million bond was set for Kraus at his initial appearance in court Tuesday.

He will be back in court for a preliminary exam June 11th. 

Police release the names of elderly couple found shot to death

MONDAY 4/15/2019 2:45 p.m.

Grand Chute Police have released the names of the elderly couple that were found in their home, shot to death, last night. 

Dennis Kraus and Letha Kraus grandparents to the suspect.

Alexander Kraus will be in court tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. for his initial appearance.

Police say two found dead were elderly couple that were shot to death

MONDAY 4/15/2019 1:30 p.m.

Grand Chute Police tells Local 5 that the two people who died Sunday were an elderly couple.

Police also say they died of gunshot wounds.

Outagamie County District Attorney’s Office is working on the criminal complaint; the 17-year-old suspect taken into custody could appear in court as early as Tuesday.

Student Arrested in Grand Chute “Also had a Plan to Cause Harm at Neenah High School.”

4/15/2019 8:40 AM

GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (WFRV) The suspect taken into custody on Sunday by Grand Chute Police has been identified.

17-year-old Alexander Kraus, who attends Neenah High School as a junior, was the suspect identified at the scene where police initially found two bodies on W. Edgewood Dr. on Sunday, April 14 in the Town of Grand Chute.

The Neenah Joint School District issued the following statement on Monday morning:

“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. 

Police have indicated that there is no danger to students and staff at the high school and the school day on Monday will proceed as normal. Additional counselors are available to students and there is an extra police presence as an additional precaution. 

We are appreciative of the work of our local law enforcement and this is another reminder for all of us to remain vigilant in keeping each other safe.”

Kraus is currently in the Outagamie County Jail and is facing charges for two counts of first-degree intentional homicide.  He is expected to make an initial appearance within the next 48 hours.  

17-year-Old Alexander Kraus Arrested After Discovery of 2 Bodies in Grand Chute

4/14/2019 7:12 PM

GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (WFRV) The suspect taken into custody on Sunday by Grand Chute Police has been identified.

17-year-old Alexander Kraus, who attends Neenah High School as a junior, was the suspect identified at the scene where police initially found two bodies on W. Edgewood Dr. on Sunday, April 14 in the Town of Grand Chute.

Kraus is currently in the Outagamie County Jail and is facing charges for two counts of first-degree intentional homicide.  He is expected to make an initial appearance within the next 48 hours.  

Officials say they can confirm both victims were Grand Chute residents and Kraus knew them.

Police also say this is still an active and ongoing investigation with several search warrants already being executed with more expected to come.  

Two bodies found in Grand Chute

4/14/2019 2:39 p.m.

The Grand Chute Police Department is investigating an incident after finding two bodies.

On Sunday, April 14 at around 11:37 a.m., officers were sent to an address on W. Edgewood Dr. within the Town of Grand Chute for a welfare check.

Officers arrived on scene and found two victims who were dead.  A third person at the scene was taken into custody without incident.

Police say the public is not believed to be in any danger as this appears to be an isolated incident.

At this time, officials are currently working to confirm the identity of the two victims.  They say additional information will be released at a later time.

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