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Sparta ax murder suspect ready to be tried in Monroe County

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Just over a year ago, three people were attacked with an ax at a house just outside of Sparta, Wis. An 87-year-old man died. The other two were injured. 

Aspseter

The suspect in the attack is a grandson of one of the surviving victims, and he’s scheduled to go on trial in Monroe County, starting Friday. 

Thomas Aspseter faces five criminal counts, including 1st degree murder. 

In June of 2021, Aspseter allegedly broke into his grandmother’s home after being kicked out, and was waiting for the victims to return from a family reunion. 

Bernard Waite, 87, was killed in the attack. Waite was married to Aspseter’s grandmother.

The trial before Judge Todd Ziegler is expected to last about a week. If the trial does not go ahead as planned for the next week, there is a backup trial date at the end of February. 

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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