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Suspect in fatal parking lot fight in La Crosse waives pre-trial hearing



The La Crosse man accused of killing an older man in a parking lot argument has turned down the chance for an evidence hearing. 


Matthew Kinstler waived his right to a preliminary hearing Friday, in an on-line appearance before La Crosse County Judge Elliott Levine.    

La Crosse Police say Kinstler accused 79-year-old Russell Paulson of striking his car in a Menards parking lot on May 1st. 

Witnesses claim Kinstler used Paulson’s own walking stick to hit him in the head, and Paulson died in the hospital three days later. 

Kinstler is charged with reckless homicide, and argues self-defense, claiming Paulson was the aggressor in the confrontation.

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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