UPDATE: Wisconsin Judge Sets $1M Bail in Double Homicide

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A judge has set bail at $1 million for a man accused of killing his elderly parents in northwestern Wisconsin.

Prosecutors have charged 44-year-old Jim Crain Jr. of Iron River will killing his father and mother, 79-year-old Jim Crain and 76-year-old Eunice Crain, in the couple's Iron River apartment on Dec. 7.

Bayfield County Circuit Judge John P. Anderson set Crain's bail at $1 million cash during a hearing Monday.

Crain is due back in court for an initial appearance on Jan. 14. His attorney, listed in online court records as Aaron Marcoux, didn't immediately return an email message.

UPDATE: Mon 3:39 PM, Dec. 23, 2013

WASHBURN, Wis. (AP) -- A 44-year-old man accused of killing his elderly parents in northwestern Wisconsin has been moved from a hospital to jail.

The Bayfield County sheriff's office says Jim Crain Jr. of Iron River was discharged Friday from a hospital in Duluth, Minn., and taken to the Bayfield County Jail.

Crain is accused of killing his father and mother, 79-year-old Jim Crain and 76-year-old Eunice Crain, in an attack in the couple's Iron River apartment on Dec. 7.

Authorities say Jim Crain Jr. apparently cut himself during the attack. He had been hospitalized in an induced coma.

A bail hearing was scheduled Monday afternoon in Bayfield County Circuit Court. The sheriff's office says Crain will appear by video.

A phone message left for his attorney was not immediately returned Monday.

UPDATE: Tues 11:34 AM, Dec. 10, 2013

IRON RIVER, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities say the suspect in the killings of an elderly couple in Bayfield County is in an induced coma at a Minnesota hospital.

Sheriff Paul Susienka told a news conference Monday that the Saturday night 911 call for help came from one of the victims, 76-year-old Eunice Crain of Iron River.

Sheriff's deputies found Eunice Crain and her 79-year-old husband, Jim Crain, dead and a 44-year-old man injured.

WDIO-TV reports the sheriff says the deaths were not caused by a firearm, but says it's too early to say what caused their deaths. He says the suspect's injuries were caused by cutting.

The suspect is being held under guard at a Duluth, Minn., hospital.

UPDATE: Mon 10:12 AM, Dec. 9, 2013

IRON RIVER, Wis. (AP) -- A small community in Bayfield County is mourning the deaths of an elderly couple, killed in an attack at their home.

Sheriff's officials identify the couple as 79-year-old Jim Crain and 76-year-old Eunice Crain, of Iron River. Authorities say a 44-year-old man, who sustained non-life threatening injuries, is being held under guard at a Duluth, Minn., hospital and is a suspect in the homicides.

Deputies responded to a 911 call to the couple's home shortly after 6 p.m. Saturday about a fight in progress. Authorities found the couple dead in their apartment and the man injured.

Julie Zolondek knew the Crains from their involvement in the local ATV club. Zolondek tells the Duluth News Tribune the couple was loving and well-respected in the community.

Autopsies are being done at the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office.

ORIGINAL STORY: Sun 3:52 PM, Dec. 8, 2013

IRON RIVER, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities in northwestern Wisconsin are investigating the deaths of two people at a residence in Iron River.

A statement from the Iron River Police Department says the Bayfield County Sheriff's Office responded to a 911 call reporting an altercation in progress about 6:15 p.m. Saturday. Deputies found a man and woman dead in the home. Another man was found injured in the residence and was taken to a hospital.

Iron River Police Chief Scot Eisenhauer says the injured man is considered a suspect, and that authorities aren't looking for any other suspects. He declined to give details about the victims' injuries.

Names have not been released.

The Bayfield County Sheriff's Office is leading the investigation, with help from the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

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