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Teen had written plan to kill grandparents, says criminal complaint

Alexander M. Kraus
Posted at 3:53 PM, Apr 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-17 11:54:32-04

A teenager called 911 after killing his grandparents and had a written plan for killing them, according to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday.

The complaint states Outagamie County Dispatch got a 911 call late Sunday morning from Alexander M. Kraus, claiming he had shot his grandparents. When Grand Chute police officers arrived at the home, the complaint says they found Dennis L. Kraus and Letha G. Kraus dead with gunshot wounds.

In addition to guns, ammunition and knives found in the house, the complaint also says officers found a backpack containing Alexander's alleged "typed out" plans for killing his grandparents. The complaint says Alexander told a detective that he had shot his grandparents with a shotgun. Officers also found a book in the front pocket of the backpack - the complaint doesn't offer specifics about the book, merely describing it as a book "about an executioner".

Authorities had previously stated that Alexander planned to "cause harm" at Neenah High School, but that accusation is not addressed in the criminal complaint. The complaint also does not state a motive in the shooting.

The complaint also states the findings of autopsies performed on the victims, which state they both died from gunshot wounds to the head.

Alexander Kraus has been charged with two counts of first degree intentional homicide. Both charges carry a life sentence if convicted.