Chilling testimony in trial with teen accused of murdering elderly woman
SHEBOYGAN - Jurors heard a 14-year-old boy on trial describe the murder of his friend’s great grandmother.
Special agents from the Wisconsin Department of Justice interviewed Nathan Paape just days after 78-year-old Barbara Olson was found dead. Sheboygan County District Attorney Joe DeCecco played a recording of that interrogation to wrap up the trial's second day.
"He said, ‘I know how to get money'," Paape told the investigator last September, referring to his friend. "Then he said he’d kill his grandma. But, I thought he was just joking around with me."
The friend is the victim's great-grandson, Antonio 'Tino' Barbeau. Paape's defense attorneys aim to convince the jury that Barbeau plotted and primarily carried out the homicide.
Paape said his friend's great-grandmother recognized her Barbeau in her garage and asked the two boys to come inside. In the house, Paape said the woman reached for the phone to call Barbeau's mother.
"That’s when Tino hit her in the head," Paape explained.
Paape described Olson falling to the floor.
"Then Tino started hitting her over and over again," Paape said to the special agent. "Then he stopped. Then he looked and me and he said, ‘Nate, help.’”
Earlier in the day, jurors saw the two suspected murder weapons. A police evidence technician first showed them a common household hammer. Then, she removed a hatchet from an evidence box.
On the recording, Paape admitted to striking Olson twice with the hammer.
"He told me to hit her," he said. "I didn’t want to, but I didn’t want him hitting me. So, I hit her."
Fond Du Lac County Chief Medical Examiner Doug Kelley conducted the autopsy. He testified that there were too many blunt and sharp force trauma injuries to count.
"That large area I counted as one because I know there's at least one," he said, describing one set of injuries. "I know there's more than that. I just can't say how many."
Barbeau reached a plea deal before trial. The prosecutor plans to call Barbeau to the stand Wednesday morning to testify about his version of the crime.