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10 men, 4 women chosen for jury in Sackett murder trial

Brad Williams

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Murder suspect Erik Sackett and attorneys listen to Judge Elliott Levine during the opening day of Sackett's trial in La Crosse

Fourteen jurors have been chosen from a pool of 67 to hear the La Crosse murder trial of Erik Sackett.

Jury selection started around 9 a.m. on Monday and was finished by 3 p.m.

The 10 men and four women will hear opening arguments Tuesday for the trial, which could last twp weeks.

Sackett was charged in August of 2018 with killing his former girlfriend, Erin Somvilai (Bushek).

He was arrested several weeks after the victim’s body was found in a Vernon County lake tied to concrete blocks.

Prosecutors believe Somvilai was killed after threatening to have Sackett arrested and sent back to prison, where he had already served time.

The defense argues that Somvilai could have committed suicide, or was murdered by a different suspect.