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Odell Thompson pleads “not guilty” in teenager’s murder



An Onalaska man pleaded not guilty to a charge of participating in the shooting death of a teenager near Copeland Park. 


Odell Thompson will be scheduled for trial, following Wednesday’s evidence hearing. 

Thompson is accused of driving his cousin, Shavonte Thompson, and others, to an alley off Copeland Avenue, where Shavonte Thompson reportedly shot 18-year-old Javier Hall last November. 

La Crosse Police investigator Andrew Rosenow testified in court that two cars filled with people wearing black sweatshirts were at the scene late at night when Hall was killed last November. 

The people in those cars then went to a house on Rose Street, and changed into other clothes. 

The shooting, captured on security video, reportedly followed a prolonged online feud between Hall and the Thompson family.    

Shavonte Thompson was arrested in January for Hall’s death. 

Odell Thompson was charged in the crime just last month, and he remains jailed under a $50,000 cash 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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