Opening arguments complete in triple murder trial
Koepp murder trial
JANESVILLE Opening arguments in the James Koepp murder trial have been completed.
Koepp is accused of killing Danyetta Lentz, 38, and her children, Nicole, 17, and Scott, 14 in January 2007.
The prosecution said the evidence will show how Koepp murdered the Lentz family. District Attorney David O’Leary said forensic evidence will show both Danyetta and Nicole Lentz put up a fight to save their lives.
But the defense said Koepp did not commit the murders. Defense attorney Walter Isaacson said Koepp had a very short relationship with Danyetta Lentz. He said Koepp was in the Lentz home the night the murders occurred but left before the family was killed. He said the Lentzes were brutally murdered later that night or early the next morning during or after a robbery.
The trial before Judge Alan Bates continues today and is scheduled to last two weeks. Witnesses, including Danyetta Lentz’s father, Russell, are expected to be called this afternoon.