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Lawyer appointed, as suspect remains jailed on $500k bond for Houska Park stabbing



The suspect in a Houska Park murder now has a court-appointed lawyer, though they have yet to meet.

Pearson Jr.

David Pearson, Jr., is accused of stabbing Cameron Baker in the chest during an argument at Houska Park on June 28.

In court Wednesday, La Crosse County Judge Gloria Doyle told Pearson that attorney Kimberly Zhang has been named to handle his defense.  Zhang was not present for the hearing, so another court date is being scheduled. 

Pearson remains in jail on a $500,000 bond.   

Doyle said Zhang may not have been given the right date or time for the hearing. 

Pearson is charged with reckless homicide in the alleged stabbing.     

Apparently, Baker had been causing a disturbance at the park. The two men then got into a fight when Pearson allegedly stabbed Baker in the chest.

Despite efforts by paramedics, Baker died of his injuries.

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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