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Thompson pleads “not guilty” in north La Crosse shooting death

Brad Williams

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A full year after being arrested for a La Crosse murder, Shavonte Thompson has finally been bound over for trial in the case. 

Thompson is accused of shooting 18-year-old Javier Ayers, also known as Javier Hall, in an alley near Copeland Park in November of 2019. 

He was captured in Illinois the following January.

During a court hearing on Wednesday, La Crosse police investigator Andrew Rosenow said Thompson allegedly rode to and from the shooting scene in an SUV with other people, and three of those people have identified Thompson as the shooter.    

Video of the murder showed a man, believed to be Thompson, getting out of the SUV, and firing one shot at Ayers before going back in. Two vehicles went to the scene, and drove away quickly after the shooting.

Police believe Thompson shot Ayers in retaliation for an attack on one of Thompson’s relatives. 

Wednesday’s hearing had been postponed numerous times, partly because Thompson had trouble finding an attorney, and no trial date has been set.     

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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    Kent A Porter

    January 27, 2021 at 11:23 am

    Javier was no saint either , more drug related shootings in our city , Judge will give him a 1000$ bail and let him out of jail and tell him “Dont do that any more” so he can go shoot more people !

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