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Murder suspect Freeman being held in La Crosse jail on $500K bond



A cash bond of $500,000 has been set by a La Crosse County judge for murder suspect Karvel Freeman.


Prosecutors believe Freeman told a second man to shoot victim Ernest Knox back in January, because of perceived incidents of disrespect. The alleged shooter, Nelson Brown, has not been arrested yet.

Judge Ramona Gonzalez set April 5 as the next court hearing for Freeman, a Tennessee resident.

Freeman was living in Madison at the time Knox was killed. He reportedly moved back home to Tennessee, where he was captured earlier this month.

His defense attorney said in court Monday Freeman learned about the warrant for his arrest, and was in the process of turning himself in when he was arrested in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Investigators believe Freeman became angry at Knox over an incident at a birthday party. Knox was found dead on Rose Street early on Jan. 8.

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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