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Man suspected of ordering killings in La Crosse County triple homicide still lining up witnesses



FILE - Entrance to Milestone Material quarry on County M, north of West Salem, where three bodies were found shot to death back in July of 2021. (PHOTO: Rick Solem)

More than a year after three men were shot to death outside a La Crosse County quarry, one suspect in the murders is still working on his defense before a trial date can be set.


During a court hearing Monday, an attorney for Khamthaneth Rattanasack said a second expert witness is being lined up for the defense.

Rattanasack is accused of ordering the triple murder near West Salem in July of 2021 because, according to the La Crosse County Sheriff, one of them owed Rattanasack $600.

The other suspect, Nya Thao, is already set to go on trial in June. That jury trial is scheduled to last two weeks, and it’s likely the two men will be tried separately.

Rattanasack has a new hearing scheduled in January, before Judge Elliott Levine.

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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