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Wood may try again to withdraw plea in Sparta murder

Brad Williams

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A New Lisbon man who’s serving a long prison term for murder is suggesting that he wants to withdraw his guilty plea in the case. 

Turner Wood has a hearing scheduled this May in Monroe County court, as he seeks an appeal of his conviction in the 2016 shooting death of Adam Garcia of Sparta. 

Garcia was killed by one of two masked intruders who came into his home to rob him.

Police say Wood was one of those masked men, and he denies being the shooter, but claims he did give a gun to the actual killer.

Wood, who is now 27, got a 25-year sentence for murder, plus 11 years for other crimes. He tried to withdraw his guilty plea on the day of his sentencing in 2018, but changed his mind and went ahead with the hearing.      

 

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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