January 20, 2005

Priest questioned about child crime

Star Tribune

Randy Furst, Star Tribune
January 19, 2005

A priest who committed suicide last month after Hudson, Wis. police questioned him concerning the murder of two workers at a Hudson funeral home, was also being investigated about possible criminal activity involving minors, the Hudson police chief said Tuesday.

Chief Richard Trende said that on the advice of prosecutors, he could not detail the nature of the investigation of Rev. Ryan Erickson.

Trende also revealed new details of the murder investigation, spelling out why Erickson, 31, was being questioned in the shooting deaths of Dan O'Connell and James Ellison, who were gunned down at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home in February 2002.

Trende said that Erickson knew details of the of the crime scene that were not available to the public and that Erickson could not remember where he was during the time that the murders occurred. Trende said Erickson could provide no alibi.

Posted by kshaw at January 20, 2005 07:30 AM