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La Crosse murder case might be resolved in court soon, at urging of judge preparing to retire

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A plea agreement may be reached in the coming weeks, in a La Crosse murder case dating back to the first week of 2019.

St. Junious

During a court hearing on Friday, retiring Judge Ramona Gonzalez urged defendant Anquin St. Junious of La Crosse to talk with his defense lawyer about where the case should go. 

St. Junious is accused of fatally stabbing Virgil Stewart during an argument in a taxi on 7th Street in January of 2019.  He’s scheduled to be tried in July, but he came to court seeking to replace Jeffrey Ocwieja of Madison, the third attorney who has taken the case.

The governor’s office recently began taking applications for a successor to Judge Gonzalez, who plans to retire in early July. The judge said a trial would be delayed further if St. Junious attempted to hire a new lawyer now, and she did not want to leave the case to a new judge.

St. Junious and Ocwieja were given a few minutes to talk, and the attorney came back to court saying the two might be able to resolve the case.

St. Junious attended the hearing by Zoom from the Columbia state prison in Portage, where he’s serving a sentence for a previous stabbing that occurred a decade ago.

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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