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Sparta shooting suspect going to trial



A Milwaukee man charged in a drug-related murder in Sparta will be scheduled for trial in the new year. 

Eric Borges pled ‘not guilty’ last month to the summertime shooting of Anthony Koopman, and his attorney is now asking for a jury trial. 

Borges is also accused of armed robbery and dealing meth. 

Three people from the Milwaukee area have been charged with Koopman’s death.

A second man, Michael Hartmann, is expected to reach a plea agreement in January.

The third suspect is Damara Skenandore-Medina, and she has been scheduled for a two-week trial around Thanksgiving next year.

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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