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One Ellis brother pleads “not guilty” to armed robbery



Police Investigator Cory Brandl (right) testifies at Tuesday's hearing for robbery suspect Justin Ellis (left)

One of two brothers accused of robbing a man at gunpoint in north La Crosse pleaded not guilty Tueday.

Justin Ellis will be scheduled for trial in last week’s holdup of Sean Moore in the Liberty Street area.

La Crosse police investigator Cory Brandl said the two men approached Moore on the street and demanded money, and one of them shot Moore’s car window.

The victim reportedly identified Justin Ellis from a Facebook photo, recognizing his tattoo.

Defense attorney Joseph Randtke objected to having Ellis identified in that way.

Judge Scott Horne overruled the objection.

The investigator said the two robbers told Moore that he didn’t belong in that area, before taking money from him.

Justin Ellis’ brother Timothy Ellis still needs time to find a lawyer, so his pre-trial hearing has been postponed until Feb. 20.

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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