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Suspect in 2019 stabbing death in La Crosse agrees to get court-appointed lawyer

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The suspect in a La Crosse murder case will let the public defender’s office find an attorney for him. 

At a hearing before Judge Ramona Gonzalez on Friday, Anquin St. Junious agreed to give the state more time to appoint a lawyer in the case. 

St. Junious

St. Junious is accused of reckless homicide, for the January 2019 stabbing death of Virgil Stewart inside a La Crosse taxi.  He has been dissatisfied with other court-appointed attorneys, and again on Friday, he told the judge he wanted to defend himself. 

Judge Gonzalez told St. Junious that it is not in his best interest to serve as his own lawyer. 

“It will be impossible to find you an attorney if your attorney is looking at you as a non-cooperative client right away, because you are doing things without legal advice.”

The trial was supposed to be held back in July.  Disputes over attorneys and the pandemic have led to repeated delays in bringing St. Junious to trial.

Gonzalez tells St. Junious the case has been delayed for too long, and they “need to get it finished.”

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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  1. Kent

    October 1, 2022 at 8:25 am

    I’m sure Ramona Gonzalas will just let him out on a signature bond

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