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Trial will be set for local man accused of killing kitten by throwing the animal against a wall

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A La Crosse man will be scheduled for trial on a charge of killing a two-month-old kitten at his house. 

Kenneth Becker faces a possible 5-and-a-half year prison term if he’s convicted of mistreatment of animals. 

Becker pleads not guilty to the charge, after a hearing where a La Crosse policeman was questioned about the case. 

Officer Alex Vang testified that he was told by Becker’s family that they heard a meow and a thud one day in May, and concluded that Becker had thrown the cat against a wall. 

The animal died a short time later.  Becker reportedly had been bitten or scratched by the kitten.

Becker’s child reportedly had told others about the cat’s death two days after it happened, and police went to the family’s north La Crosse home to check on the story. The kitten had been buried already, and police dug up the pet’s body to investigate.

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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