MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A judge has set bail at $1 million for a man accused of killing his elderly parents in northwestern Wisconsin. Prosecutors have charged 44-year-old Jim Crain Jr. of Iron River will killing his father and mother, 79-year-old Jim Crain and 76-year-old Eunice Crain, in the couple's Iron River apartment on Dec. 7. Prosecutors have charged Jim Crain Jr. with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide. According to the complaint, Eunice Crain made an emergency call about 6 p.m. Saturday to report that she and her husband were being beaten by their son. When officers arrived, they found the couple dead on the floor. The suspect was in the bathroom with a blood-covered butcher knife next to him.
The complaint says Jim Crain Jr. had wounds on his neck and wrists. Authorities say Jim Crain Jr. apparently cut himself during the attack. He had been hospitalized in an induced coma, but has been moved from a hospital to jail. Bayfield County Circuit Judge John P. Anderson set Crain's bail at $1 million cash during a hearing Monday. Crain is due in court for an initial appearance on Jan. 14.
Eunice "Crickett" Crain, age 76, of Iron River, passed away, Saturday, December 7, 2013 at her home. She was born October 19, 1937 in Mio, MI, the daughter of Charles and Ora Ruth.
Eunice graduated High School in Mio, MI. She worked as a beautician in Edwardsburg, MI for a few years. She married Jim Crain on March 14, 1969 in Elkhart, IN. The couple moved to Iron River in 1980 where they owned and operated a dairy farm for several years. Eunice was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing and canning.
She is survived by her four children, Jenifer Morris of Elkhart, IN, Kevin Ruth of Elkhart, IN, Earl (Alice) Ruth of New Bloomfield, MO and Jimmy Crain of Iron River; 9 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
Jim Edbert Crain, age 79, of Iron River, passed away, Saturday, December 7, 2013 at his home in Iron River. He was born December 20, 1933 in Piqua, Ohio, the son of Robert and Florence (Browning) Crain.
Jim was raised and attended schools in Troy, Ohio. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He married Eunice Ruth on March 14, 1969 in Elkhart, Indiana. Jim worked several different jobs throughout his lifetime. He was a supervisor for Miles Laboratory now the Bayer Company in Ohio for many years. He also worked as a dairy farmer in Iron River and owned his own Semi Truck for several years. He most recently delivered RV's throughout the United States and Canada.
Jim was an outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, 4-Wheeling and snowmobiling. He was active in the Iron River 4-Wheeling and Snowmobile Clubs and he loved his little dog, Yowzer.
He is survived by his four children, Jenifer Morris of Elkhart, IN, Kevin Ruth of Elkhart, IN, Earl (Alice) Ruth of New Bloomfield, MO and Jimmy Crain of Iron River; 9 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Sue Perkins of Troy, OH.
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