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Dental history could be part of Sackett murder case

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Murder suspect Erik Sackett, in La Crosse County court in 2018

Dental records could become a key piece of evidence in an upcoming La Crosse murder trial. 

Erik Sackett is asking investigators to review the dental history of murder victim Erin Somvilai, to disprove a claim that two of Erin’s teeth were knocked out around the time she was killed. 

Court documents say Sackett’s defense attorney hopes to prove that Erin lost teeth in a car crash months before she died. 

A hearing on the request for the dental records is scheduled for May 6th. 

Somvilai’s weighted-down body was discovered at a lake in Vernon County last June. 

Sackett is accused of killing his former girlfriend to prevent her from falsely accusing him of rape.   

He’s scheduled to have a two-week murder trial in La Crosse County this coming October. 

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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