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Suspect in Houska Park death charged with reckless homicide

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Formal charges have now been filed in a La Crosse murder case.

David Pearson Junior is now charged with second degree reckless homicide in the death of Cameron Baker.

According to police, Baker and Pearson got into an argument at Houska Park back on June 28th.

Apparently Baker had been causing a disturbance there and the two men got into an altercation when Pearson allegedly stabbed Baker in the chest.

Despite efforts by paramedics, Baker died of his injuries.

Pearson was arrested a short time later. He continues to be held in the La Crosse County jail on a half million dollar bond.

Pearson has been ordered to go on trial for other, lesser crimes.  

He pleads not guilty to charges of damaging a UPS truck and stealing the truck’s keys, and to setting an open fire at Cameron Park.  Pearson asked to have both cases dismissed for lack of evidence.

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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