Jury selection has been completed in La Crosse County court for the suspect in a 2019 murder on La Crosse’s north side.
Twenty-nine-year-old Shavonte Thompson is accused of shooting and killing
The Thompson trial is one of several outstanding murder cases from the past three years in La Crosse County which have not gone to trial yet.
Gruenke says the pandemic is partly to blame for a backlog of homicide trials.
“We usually only have maybe one, two at the most pending, and we get ’em done,” says Gruenke. “But with COVID backing everything up, we’ve got a lot pending now, compared to normal.”
Other local murder cases waiting to be tried include that of Anquin St. Junious, accused of fatally stabbing another man in January of 2019…and of Matthew Kinstler, charged with causing the death of another man during an argument outside a Menard’s store last year.
No trial date has been set for two suspects charged in the shooting deaths of three young men at a quarry in West Salem, in July of this year.