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Eau Claire murder case is moving forward


Eau Claire (WQOW)- An Eau Claire murder case is moving forward.

James Olson was in court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing.  He's accused of killing his neighbor, Paul Oberle, last summer.  Oberle's body was found in his yard on Vine Street in Eau Claire.  Investigators believe Oberle was struck with a crowbar.  When police searched Olson's house, they found a crowbar behind the stove.  On Tuesday, the lead detective in the case testified that blood found on Olson's pants matched Oberle's DNA.  The judge then decided there was enough evidence to take this case to trial.  Olson will be back in court in February for an arraignment.

"The arraignment is where a formal plea is entered to the charge or charges in a case and so that will take place in a couple weeks and we'll go from there," explains Eau Claire County District Attorney Gary King.

That arraignment is scheduled for February 22nd at 1:30 p.m.

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