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Court cases move ahead for suspects in Sparta murder

Brad Williams

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A Monroe County judge has found probable cause to try a Milwaukee man for a murder that happened this summer in Sparta. 

Eric Borges is expected to enter a ‘not guilty’ plea at a November hearing, for the June shooting death of 61-year-old Anthony Koopman. 

A second suspect, Michael Hartman, pled ‘not guilty’ earlier this week. 

A Milwaukee woman is also charged in the murder, and is awaiting trial. 

Koopman was shot on a Sparta street, apparently during a robbery attempt involving drugs.  

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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