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Defense arguing victim provoked attack that led to their death



Attorney wants hospital records released

The defense attorney in a fatal motel stabbing is arguing the victim provoked the attack.

The lawyer for Zachary Davis wants the VA hospital records of victim Derek Magnuson released, to support Davis’ claim that Magnuson started a fight in a motel room last March. 

Magnuson was stabbed with a machete after making an advance on Sebastian Martinez, who is a cross-dresser also charged with the murder.

Davis’ attorney also wants a ruling on whether a confession to the Tomah murder can be excluded from court records in the case.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also 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. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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