Two 13-year-olds charged in gruesome murder in Sheboygan Falls

CREATED Sep. 21, 2012 - UPDATED: Sep. 21, 2012

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SHEBOYGAN - Two 13-year-old boys are now charged as adults in the murder of a 78-year-old woman in Sheboygan Falls.  Prosecutors say one of those children is the woman's great grandson.

According to prosecutors, the teenagers attacked the woman with a hatchet and a hammer.  Authorities describe a crime scene that was particularly gruesome.

The victim is identified as Barbara Olson.  Prosecutors say her great grandson, Antonio Barbeau and his friend, Nathan Paape attacked her.

Authorities say Barbeau and Paape went to Olson's house with the intent of robbing her.  Prosecutors say when the woman confronted the teenagers, that's when they attacked her.

The details of the attack are difficult to read.

Following the attack, investigators say the teenagers stole Olson's car and went for a joy ride.  Prosecutors say they abandoned the car and got a pizza. 

"They left the vehicle unlocked with jewelery exposed in the back...hoping that someone would steal the car, and when they were stopped, they would get blamed for (Ms. Olson's) death" said Sheboygan County District Attorney Joe DeCecco.

DeCecco said the jewelry in the car was stolen from Ms. Olson's home.

The two appeared in court this morning in Sheboygan County.

The great grandson's attorney, George Limbeck, spoke to TODAY'S TMJ4 following the boys' court appearance this morning.  "People need to understand that what the state said today is not necessarily the facts of the case." 

"The relationship between my client and his great grandmother was actually a very good relationship, I think the facts and the evidence that will come out at subsequent hearings will prove that.  The family is shocked," Limbeck said.

Limbeck told Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Afternoon News with John Mercure" that his client is "extremely upset" by these allegations.

According to the criminal complaint, the victim's daughter found her.