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Murder charge filed against Thompson in Hall shooting

Brad Williams

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A homicide charge has been filed against the presumed suspect in a La Crosse shooting death, even though the suspect has not been arrested yet.

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The district attorney’s office filed a complaint on Thursday against Shavonte Thompson, identified by police this week as the person who allegedly killed 18-year-old Javier Hall on November 2nd. 

“I don’t know if I can say there’s any one piece of evidence, but the complaint lays out the number of witnesses that identify him as the shooter, and the incident itself was caught on surveillance video,” said DA Tim Gruenke.

The prosecutor does not know whether police think Thompson is still in the La Crosse area.

Hall was found shot in an alley area near Copeland Avenue late at night, and he died a short time later at a hospital.

An arrest warrant calls for Thompson to be jailed on $1 million bond once he is captured. 

Thompson has two previous felony charges on his record in Wisconsin, pleading guilty to attempted armed robbery in 2009, and to another robbery charge the following year. 

Police also investigated Thompson in 2015, to see if he was connected to a series of La Crosse shootings which ended with the murder of a Central High School student.

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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