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One murder suspect in La Crosse County to be tried next June; 2nd suspect not set for trial yet



We could find out this week whether both suspects in a La Crosse County triple murder will be tried at the same time.

Khamthaneth Rattanasack has a status hearing in court on Thursday. He does not have a trial date yet, but his co-defendant, Nya Thao, is scheduled to be tried next June.


Three weeks have been set aside for Thao’s trial in the shooting deaths of three men last July at a quarry in the West Salem area. Rattanasack has been accused of planning the shootings, because one victim allegedly owed him $600.


The homicide trial for Thao is scheduled to begin on June 12th of 2023, with Judge Elliott Levine setting aside three full weeks for the case.  Nemo Yang, Peng Lor, and Trevor Maloney reportedly were shot to death at the quarry on July 23rd of last year.

Last week, an attorney for Thao argued in court that it would take about a year to prepare the case for trial.

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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