Murder Trial Underway in Hayward

By KBJR News 1

September 17, 2012 Updated Sep 17, 2012 at 6:55 PM CDT

Hayward, WI (Northlands NewsCenter)
-- Three years after a 93-year-old Raddison woman was found brutally stabbed to death in her home, a jury is hearing the murder case in Hayward. Christopher Roalson is accused of breaking into Irena Roszak's home in May of 2009 and repeatedly stabbing her as she lay in her bed.

The State is pursuing charges of Intentional First Degree Murder and Burglary.

"I stabbed her and I stabbed her and I stabbed her, that's what Christopher Roalson told his friend Jacqueline Walczak in the afternoon of May 3rd, 2009," said Sawyer County District Attorney Bruce Poquette in his opening statement Monday in Hayward.

Poquette told the jury that, while dressed in black, and armed with kitchen knives, Roalson and Austin Davis broke into Roszak's home, and Roalson, acting alone, stabbed and slashed Roszak more than ten times.

"You'll hear from the medical examiner that one of those sharp force injuries had a wound track of seven and a half inches, and went into her chest, and went through her heart," said Poquette.

The defense paints a different picture in her opening statement saying it's Austin Davis, who's already serving prison time for being a party to second degree homicide. The defense says he's the one that committed that brutal murder that night in Raddison.

"When you look at the elements that Mr. Poquette read to you, you will believe, and you will know, by the end of the case, that the person that actually did cause the death of Ms. Roszak was Austin Davis," said Defense attorney Donna Kuchler.

She argues that Austin's testimony will lack consistency, and that their case will clearly point to him, not Roalson, as the murderer in Raddison.

Davis will be brought from prison to take the stand in the next few days.

He's serving his sentence in Green Bay for being a party to second degree homicide.

Monday, Jackie Walczak, a life long friend of Roalson's also testified, saying that he confessed the whole crime to her just a day after Roszak was found dead.

Zach Vavricka

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