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Medical examiner: Victim struck at least 27 times during Sheboygan Falls murder

SHEBOYGAN, WI (WTAQ) - A medical examiner said a 78-year-old Sheboygan Falls woman was struck at least 27 times with sharp and blunt objects while being murdered in her home last fall.

Doug Kelley testified for the prosecution Tuesday at the trial of 14-year-old Nathan Paape, one of two teens charged in the slaying and robbery of Barbara Olson.

Jurors were shown photos of the victim’s body. They saw fractures and gashes on her head, face, hands, and arms.

Kelley said his estimate of the wounds was conservative.

Paape and his 14-year-old friend Antonio Barbeau were accused of attacking Olson with a hammer and a hatchet, and then ransacking her house for money.

Olson was Barbeau’s great-grandmother. Barbeau pleaded no contest to his homicide charge last week, in the hopes of getting a lighter sentence.

Paape’s lawyer contends that Barbeau planned and carried out the whole scenario, while Paape watched. The state contends that both teens planned and pulled off the murder.