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New attorney sought in north-side murder case



A La Crosse man suspected of killing a local teenager six months ago may need a new attorney. 

Shavonte Thompson has a court hearing Thursday, on whether he’ll be granted a different lawyer. 

Thompson was arrested in Illinois last November for the shooting death of 18-year-old Javier Hall near Copeland Park. 

It took until February for the public defender’s office to find an attorney for Thompson, because of conflicts of interest. 

He has a pre-trial evidence hearing on the 1st degree murder charge next month.  

Another murder suspect in the county also has a hearing on Thursday.

Matthew Kinstler is asking for a change in his $100,000 bond. 

Kinstler is jailed for allegedly killing a 79-year-old man with his own cane during a fight this month in the Menards parking lot on Lang Drive. 

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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