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Strangulation, stalking charges dismissed against La Crosse man for lack of evidence



The strangulation case against a La Crosse man arrested last fall has been dismissed.


The La Crosse County District Attorney’s office asked Judge Todd Bjerke to drop six criminal charges against 46-year-old Johnny Foster, whose attorney, May Lee, argued that police didn’t conduct a thorough investigation.

Foster was suspected of trying to choke an ex-girlfriend outside a north La Crosse tavern back in November.

A criminal complaint said Foster was released from prison last year after serving more than 20 years behind bars for a reckless homicide conviction in Milwaukee County.

Foster’s attorney said police failed to contact witnesses who could have provided evidence of Foster’s innocence.

Foster’s accuser had claimed she was lifted onto the hood of a car and choked until another man stopped the attack.

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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  1. Jordan

    March 30, 2022 at 1:35 pm

    What are the odds that police fail to properly assess a domestic abuse situation, just like every other police in the nation.

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