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La Crosse man, arrested for drug OD death, dismisses attorney during court case



Homicide suspect Bernard Moore Jr. appears with an attorney before Judge Todd Bjerke in La Crosse County court on Nov. 17, 2022. (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

A La Crosse man, arrested for a 2021 drug overdose death, got permission Thursday in La Crosse County court to find another lawyer.

Bernard Moore, Jr., is accused of giving drugs to a female neighbor in October of last year. The woman died later from an overdose of fentanyl and meth.

At the court hearing, Moore said he was dismissing his attorney for not helping him, and for violating his constitutional rights to a fair trial.

Judge Todd Bjerke suggested that Moore might want to keep his attorney, because an evidence hearing hasn’t been held yet. Moore, however, said he wants a new one.

A local police officer was about to give testimony at the hearing when Moore made his objection.

The next hearing is set for Dec. 14.

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. Richard

    November 18, 2022 at 5:50 am

    He must have been watching the parade murder trial and wants to be like D Brooks …

  2. Kent

    November 24, 2022 at 12:38 pm

    So many thugs in our community , maybe we need to start a work camp so these nut cases have something to do other than kill our kids with there drugs , remember this crap when you go to vote for DA and Judges next time !!!!!!

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