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Arkansas man will face trial in La Crosse for alleged role in overdose death

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Lathan Foster is headed to trial in La Crosse County for allegedly giving fentanyl to a friend, who overdosed last New Year’s Eve.

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The 23-year-old Foster entered a not guilty plea Tuesday to a reckless homicide charge in the death of Jeremy Pittman at a house in West Salem.

Court commissioner Joe Veenstra, substituting for Judge Elliott Levine, found probable cause to have Foster bound over for trial, but he said the judge might want to review evidence himself.

Fentanyl was found to be what killed Pittman. West Salem’s police found messages to Foster on the victim’s phone, allegedly seeking to buy drugs.

The defense says there’s doubt about whether a drug deal actually occurred.

Investigators think Pittman crushed pills and snorted them before his death.

Foster’s attorney Chris Zachar argued that the evidence is circumstantial. He said the overdose death may have been accidental and should not be considered a homicide.

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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