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Friday - June 22, 2018 2:29 pm

La Crosse man agrees to return to Arizona for murder trial

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Jeffrey Martinson signs extradition papers in La Crosse County court on June 22nd Jeffrey Martinson signs extradition papers in La Crosse County court on June 22nd WIZM News photo

Martinson arrested last week after court ordered a new trial in son's death

A former Arizona man facing a new murder trial in that state is ready to go back. 

Jeffrey Martinson of La Crosse appeared before Judge Todd Bjerke on Friday, and agreed to be sent to Arizona for re-trial in the 2004 death of his young son, Joshua. 

A jury found Martinson guilty of murder, and he spent several years in prison until the conviction was overturned because of improper actions by the prosecution and the jury foreman.

After his release, Martinson moved to western Wisconsin, and has worked in construction here until being arrested last week. 

Until officers from Arizona come to pick him up, Martinson will remain in the La Crosse County jail on $1 million bond.


Brad Williams

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from U-W-La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area.  Brad writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse.  He's been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.  

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