Competency trial scheduled for man accused of killing grandparents

Alexander Kraus is accused of shooting his grandparents in April of 2019
Alexander Kraus makes his initial court appearance. (WBAY Photo)
Alexander Kraus makes his initial court appearance. (WBAY Photo)(WBAY)
Published: Jun. 29, 2020 at 6:29 PM CDT
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NEENAH, Wis. (WBAY) - Court officials say a competency trial is scheduled for a Neenah man after he entered pleas of not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.

Alexander Kruaus, 18, is charged with two counts of first degree intentional homicide, and his competency trial is scheduled to begin on November 16.

A judge had previously ordered a competency exam to be done for Kraus.

As Action 2 News reported last year, Kraus, then a Neenah High School student, had been staying with his grandparents at their home at 4300 W. Edgewood Dr in Grand Chute. Kraus called 911 and told a dispatcher that he shot his grandparents.

A criminal complaint says a Grand Chute lieutenant entered the home and found Letha Kraus and Dennis Kraus dead in their kitchen.

Police found shotgun shells and a knife in the kitchen.

In a bedroom, an officer found a backpack with a red folder inside. The folder contained “Alexander’s typed out plans for killing his grandparents,” according to the complaint. The backpack also contained a book about an executioner.

In an upstairs bedroom, the officer found a shotgun on a bed and two gun cases and ammunition. "There was a large amount of various ammunition on the floor, and several more guns located in a gun cabinet," reads the complaint.

Police arrested Alexander Kraus at the W. Edgewood Dr. home. During an interview, Kraus told a detective that he shot his grandparents with a 20-gauge pump action shotgun.

Kraus says he shot his grandfather in the head first and then shot his grandmother.

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