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Suspect in fatal ax attack near Sparta could reach plea agreement instead of going to trial

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A Sparta man has pled “not guilty” to murder and attempted murder charges for an ax attack committed in June. 

Thomas Aspseter is charged with five counts, and may be trying to work out a negotiated plea in Monroe County court.

Aspseter is accused of using an ax to injure his grandmother and two other victims, killing his grandmother’s husband, Bernard Waite.  

The three victims of the attack were all between the ages of 73 and 87.

Aspseter reportedly had been told to move out of his grandmother’s home, after which he broke into the house and waited to attack them.  He reportedly shot himself in the throat with a rifle after the ax assault.

The attacks happened on June 6th just outside of Sparta.  

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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