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Man claims insanity during alleged murder of his father

Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

BLACK RIVER FALLS, WI (WTAQ) - A west central Wisconsin man now claims he was insane when he allegedly killed his father and buried him outside the home where they lived.  

20-year-old Lars Helgeson of Hixton pleaded not guilty by insanity Monday to three Jackson County charges of first-degree intentional homicide, hiding a corpse, and vehicle theft.  

Helgeson is accused of shooting and burying his 57-year-old father Brian in mid-September.

The defendant reportedly told authorities that his father abused him physically and emotionally, and he killed his dad because he was, "just sick of all of it."  

Sheriff's officials were not made aware of the slaying until up to six days after it happened. Officials said a tip led them to a stolen vehicle near the Helgeson house -- and they reportedly saw Lars run away as the deputies approached.  

He was later taken into custody without incident. His lawyer has asked for a new judge, who is expected to order a mental evaluation for Helgeson.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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