Alexander Kraus Teen Killer Murders Grandparents

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Alexander Kraus was a seventeen year old Teen Killer from Wisconsin that would fatally shoot his Grandparents. According to court documents Alexander Kraus planned for sometime the murders of his Grandparents as police officers found a notebook filled with notes on how he was going to get away with the murders and plans he had for his high school. Police say that Alexander Kraus, who did not live with his Grandparents, would shoot and kill the pair with a long gun. A welfare check at the home the next day would reveal the two bodies. Alexander Kraus would be found guilty of the double murder but his mental health has come into questions as the court are seeking a mental health evaluation before sentencing will be passed.

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 The two people found dead Sunday at a home on West Edgewood Drive were the grandparents of the 17-year-old boy accused of killing them.

Dennis L. Kraus, 74, and Letha G. Kraus, 73, were found by police responding to a welfare check at the home shortly after 11:30 a.m., the Grand Chute Police Department said Monday afternoon. Alexander M. Kraus, 17, was arrested at the scene.

The two victims were shot to death with a long gun at the home in Grand Chute where Alexander Kraus was arrested, Travis Waas, a spokesman for the Grand Chute Police Department, told USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin.

Kraus wasn’t living with his grandparents at the time, but was only visiting, Waas said. Waas wouldn’t discuss exactly what investigators have learned from Kraus since his arrest, but indicated more details would be released when he appears in court.

Kraus is being held at the Outagamie County Jail on two counts of first-degree intentional homicide. He was expected to make his first court appearance Tuesday afternoon.

Kraus had also planned to “cause harm” at Neenah High School, authorities said Monday.

An email sent to Neenah High School parents from the Neenah Joint School District confirmed that Grand Chute police had learned of the potential threat as part of the investigation of the two deaths, said Jim Strick, Neenah Joint School District communications manager.

“The student is in custody in Outagamie County and police believe there is no danger to students and staff at Neenah High School,” the email said. “The school day on Monday will proceed as planned. Additional counselors will be available to assist students.”

Kraus was a junior at Neenah High School. The Neenah Police Department wasn’t aware of the threat to the school prior to the investigation in Grand Chute and hadn’t had contact with Kraus in the past, Neenah Police Chief Aaron Olson said Monday.

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A jury ruled Thursday that Alexander Kraus is criminally responsible for the murders of his grandparents.

Kraus, 19, previously pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree intentional homicide for shooting Dennis and Letha Kraus on April 14, 2019, at their Grand Chute home, but also entered a plea of not guilty by reason or mental disease or defect.

This week, a jury had to decide if Kraus suffered from a mental disease at the time of the crime, and if, as a result, he lacked the substantial capacity to appreciate the wrongfulness of his actions or to conform to the law.

Although the panel ruled Kraus indeed had a mental disease, the panel found he still had the capacity to appreciate the wrongfulness of his actions.

Kraus now faces two life prison terms, with Judge Mitchell Metropulos deciding if Kraus will be eligible for parole and, if so, when. Sentencing was set for Aug. 16.

Earlier Thursday, the jury asked about the scenario it ultimately returned with, asking if it answered “Yes” to Question 1, but “no” to Question 2, would Kraus still go to jail. The jury was referred back to the jury instruction for direction.

Unlike the guilt or innocence phase of a criminal trial, the defense had the burden of proof in the competency phase of the case. The trial started Monday. Jury deliberations started Wednesday afternoon, and continued for about five hours Thursday.

According to the criminal complaint, Kraus admitted to shooting his grandparents but a motive was not disclosed. During the investigation, police found “several pages containing Alexander’s typed out plans for killing his grandparents,” the complaint states

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