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Thompson makes 1st La Crosse court appearance since arrest for November murder

Brad Williams

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A murder suspect arrested last week in Illinois has appeared in La Crosse County court, by video from the county jail.

Shavonte Thompson remains under a cash bond of $1 million, because of what Judge Scott Horne describes as “serious” crimes.

Thompson was booked in the La Crosse County jail Thursday after being transferred from Peoria, Illinois, where he was arrested last week.

Thompson had been wanted by La Crosse police since a gunfire incident last March, and he is identified as the gunman in a security video who shot and killed 18-year-old Javier Hall, also known as Javier Ayers, last November near Copeland Park. 

A relative of Thompson’s made a statement in court, saying that the suspect has not gotten the help he needs from the local court system.

Horne set Thompson’s next hearing for January 31st, and he warned against anyone trying to put pressure on potential witnesses 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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