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Former La Crosse County man could be re-tried in early 2021 for young son’s death

Brad Williams

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Another delay in the re-trial of a former La Crosse area man accused of killing his young son nearly two decades ago. 

Jeffrey Martinson had been scheduled to go on trial this week in Arizona for the second time, in the 2004 death of his 5-year-old son Joshua, but the trial is now set for next January. 

Martinson originally was convicted in 2011 of giving the child an overdose of prescription drugs. 

Two years ago, an appeals court ordered a new trial because of misconduct by the prosecutor and jury members. 

At that time, Martinson was living in La Crosse County and doing construction work. 

He returned to Arizona, where his attorney is making arguments about what evidence should be allowed at the new trial. 

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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