April 01, 2005

Jury may hear of priest's alleged tie to Hudson killings

Pioneer Press

Randy Furst, Star Tribune
April 1, 2005

The alleged involvement of a Catholic priest in the 2002 slayings of two funeral home workers in Hudson, Wis., soon may be headed to Wisconsin's version of a grand jury.

The St. Croix County district attorney is likely to review evidence concerning the deaths in the next few weeks and will have various options, including convening a hearing on the case, according to a source familiar with it.

The Rev. Ryan Erickson, 31, who committed suicide in December, is believed to be the chief suspect in the Feb. 5, 2002, slayings.

He denied any ties to the deaths of Dan O'Connell and James Ellison, according to police and other people who spoke with him.

Hudson police have previously indicated that they also were investigating Erickson about possible criminal involvement with minors.

Posted by kshaw at April 1, 2005 06:23 PM