UPDATE: Roalson Found Guilty of First Degree Murder

By KBJR News 1

September 21, 2012 Updated Sep 21, 2012 at 6:17 PM CDT

Hayward, WI (Northlands NewsCenter) --- A decision in a Wisconsin case that has been called a thrill kill with satanic overtones has been made.

A jury found 30-year-old Christopher Roalson guilty in the murder of 93-year-old Irena Roszak.

Roalson has been convicted of two felonies: first degree intentional homicide and burglary with a deadly weapon.

The decision comes after a five day trial in Sawyer County.

Authorities called it a thrill kill in 2009 after Irena Roszak was found stabbed to death in her Raddison home.

District Attorney Bruce Poquette began his closing arguments in court today the same way he began his opening statement.... "I stabbed her, I stabbed her, I stabbed her."

It's the same phrase, Jackie Walczak,a friend of Roalson's testified he spoke as he confessed to the killing to her, the day the murder took place.

Poquette's closing argument stressed the fact that Walczak, and Roalson's accomplice, Austin Davis told authorities similar stories, both pinning the murder on Roalson.

Meanwhile, a different picture was painted during Defense Attorney Donna Kuchler closing argument.

Kuchler stance throughout the trial was that Davis and Roalson only had intentions to burglarize Roszak.

She argued unsuccessfully that it was Davis that went out of control during the burglary and killed her.

Kuchler stated that Davis, had motivation to testify against Roalson because he was already serving jail time and would likely receive a plea deal for a reduced sentence.

District Attorney Bruce Poquette says in the years leading up to the trial, he was confident the facts stacked up against Roalson would speak for themselves.

"The facts are the same since 2009 with one difference, one slight difference," Poquette said. "That is that everyone knows them now, we know the story."

According to Poquette, Davis and Roalson dressed in black and broke into Roszak's home with two knives, stabbed her 18 times, delivering the fatal blow to her heart.

A sentencing date has not been set.