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Jury could get Nathan Paape case Thursday

Nathan Paape & Antonio Barbeau
Nathan Paape & Antonio Barbeau

SHEBOYGAN, WI (WTAQ) - We could find out Thursday whether a 14-year-old Sheboygan boy is guilty in the brutal killing of a friend’s great-grandmother.

Nathan Paape took the stand in his own defense Wednesday. He said that 14-year-old Antonio Barbeau plotted the robbery and killing of 78-year-old Barbara Olson just hours before it happened last September.

Paape said he didn’t believe that Barbeau would carry it out – and when he did, Paape said he struck Olson twice with a hammer, for fear that Barbeau would come back and attack him.

Barbeau also testified, and he told a much different story. He said the two talked back and forth the day before the slaying about ways to get money – and they agreed to rob Olson at her Sheboygan Falls home.

Barbeau also said they agreed to, “use force if needed.”

A medical examiner testified that Olson was pummeled at least 27 times. Testimony ended Wednesday, and attorneys will present their closing arguments this morning before the case goes to the jury.

Barbeau pleaded no contest to his homicide charge last week. He said he did not have to testify against Paape as part of his plea deal.