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Bodega beating suspect headed to trial

Brad Williams

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A trial will be scheduled for the Rochester man accused of attacking an employee at the Bodega in La Crosse. 

Joey Burnham pleads ‘not guilty’ in the Christmas weekend confrontation with a brew pub worker who wanted him to wear a face mask in the bar. 

The December 26th incident was captured on a security camera, and Burnham was the object of a Crime-Stoppers alert. 

Judge Elliott Levine found probable cause to arrange a trial for Burnham.  Levine also indicated he would recuse himself from the case, because he’s a customer of the Bodega and knows the victim.  

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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