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Winona County woman found dead, husband says he killed her

Brad Williams

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A 79-year-old man tells Winona County 9-1-1 that he killed his wife at their home near Dakota.

The sheriff’s department says officers and first responders found Joseph Wright at his house on Friday, with non-life threatening injuries, and his 72-year-old wife was found dead.

Gunfire reportedly was heard in the area of County Road 12 near Dakota late Friday morning, around the time of the 9-1-1 call.

Wright was taken to a hospital by ambulance, and was booked in the La Crosse County jail on Saturday.

He could have an extradition hearing on Monday.

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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