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Texas man may be tried this fall for murders of 8 people buried near La Crescent



It was a somber scene in southern Minnesota, six years ago.     

Eight hearses traveled from a mass funeral at a La Crescent church to a nearby cemetery on August 20th, 2015.  The funeral and burials were for former La Crosse area resident Valerie Jackson and her husband, along with 6 children ages 6 to 13, who were all shot to death that month in Houston, Texas. 

Jackson’s ex-boyfriend David Conley, who also lived in La Crosse for a time, is charged with the murders.  Conley was the father of one of the children killed.

The case made national news, but it has never gone to trial.  However, a Houston TV station reports Conley will be tried starting October 4th, following months of postponement because of COVID-19. 

It’s possible that at least one local relative of the victims will testify at the trial. 


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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