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Missed Zoom conference leads to new delay in La Crosse murder case

Brad Williams

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Missing a courtroom hearing in a criminal case is a common occurrence, but missing a court hearing by Zoom is more unusual.

Apparently, workers at one Wisconsin prison failed to arrange a Zoom conference for an inmate accused in a 2019 La Crosse murder, so an evidence hearing set for Wednesday had to be postponed until next month.

Police say Shavonte Thompson shot and killed 18-year-old Javier Hall in an alley near Copeland Park in November of 2019. 

Thompson was captured in Illinois two months later, and is now in the Dodge prison on other charges.

He was supposed to appear before Judge Todd Bjerke at a Zoom hearing, but it seems nobody at the prison set up that conference.

Bjerke says getting Thompson out of prison and transporting him to the La Crosse jail for a video hearing would not benefit anyone.

A trial date cannot be set until after the preliminary hearing, which is now scheduled for January 13th.   

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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