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Former La Crosse man to be tried this fall for 5-year-old son’s 2004 death

Brad Williams

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A former La Crosse man is expected to be tried for murder this fall in Arizona, for the second time. 

Court records in that state show that Jeffrey Martinson has a September trial date, to be prosecuted again for the death of his young son Joshua 16 years ago. 

The boy was 5 years old in 2004, when he died of an overdose of prescription drugs. 

Martinson was convicted in 2011 of causing the child’s death, but the conviction was overturned because of misconduct by court officials, and a new trial was ordered. 

Martinson was living in La Crosse County in 2018, doing construction work, when he was ordered to return to Arizona where he has been awaiting that second trial. 

   

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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