Jury Trial Begins for Sawyer County Man Accused of Killing Woman

By KBJR News 1

Jury Trial Begins for Sawyer County Man Accused of Killing Woman

September 17, 2012 Updated Sep 17, 2012 at 9:55 AM CST

Hayward, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) -- The jury trial has begun for a Sawyer County man who is accused of stabbing and killing a 93-year-old woman in 2009.

Christopher Roalson's crime has been categorized by authorities as a thrill of killing with satanic overtones.

Austin Davis, the alleged accomplice, has already been sentenced to 25 years but a judge is now considering a plea for re-sentencing.

In Monday's opening statements for Roalson's trial, the defense has intended to show that Davis murdered the woman.

During the statement, three witnesses took the stand, in which one says Roalson confessed the murder to her the day after it took place.

The witness says that she and Roalson were friends and he told her he said 'Hail Satan' while in the act of the murder.

The Prosecuting Attorney began his opening statement with the following, "I stabbed her, I stabbed her, I stabbed her," which is what Roalson allegedly said to the friend that took the stand this morning.

Because of extensive pre-trial publicity the jury will be brought in from Eagle River Wisconsin, and the judge will come from Burrnett County.

We have a crew in Hayward following the trial and will bring more updates as soon as they become available, as well as more details in our evening newscasts.

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