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La Crosse man pleads not guilty to shooting during rap contest



A not guilty plea has been made by a La Crosse man accused of shooting another man for insulting him during a rap contest. 


Ellis “Poochie” Wilson is accused of attempted murder for allegedly firing a gun at Justin Tillman two weeks ago. 

In court on Friday, La Crosse Police Lt. Timothy O’Neill quoted Tillman as saying he was shot while talking about Wilson during a rap “challenge” in Wilson’s back yard on 5th Avenue.

Tillman is paralyzed from the waist down after being shot in the spine, but O’Neill says doctors think Tillman could recover some movement. 

Wilson remains in the county jail under a $100,000 cash bond, and Judge Todd Bjerke has scheduled a hearing next week to consider reducing his bond.    


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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