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La Crosse woman pleads not guilty in overdose death

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A La Crosse woman pleads “not guilty” to supplying pills to a friend who died of a drug overdose last February. 

Branda Guillory of La Crosse was charged this month with reckless homicide in the death of 26-year-old Colton Thorpe. 

La Crosse Police investigator James Mancuso testified in court Monday that an autopsy showed that Thorpe had taken fentanyl. Thorpe had recovered from another overdose just days earlier. 

Guillory claims she found the pills at the motel where she works, and gave them to Thorpe, thinking they were oxycodone. 

Her attorney says there’s no evidence connecting Guillory to the drugs that killed Thorpe.   

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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