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Charges dropped against two suspects in Rose Street shooting death



Murder charges have been dismissed against two men accused of killing Ernest Knox in north La Crosse last January.

Prosecutor Nick Passe says the testimony of a key eyewitness has changed, and does not support the physical evidence from the murder scene on Rose Street. As a result, the case against Karvel Freeman and Nelson Brown has been dropped, and the investigation continues.


Knox was shot to death on January 8th of 2022, while attending a party at an apartment. Investigators say more than 40 shots were fired.


Freeman was arrested a few weeks later in Tennessee, and was scheduled to go on trial next month for the shooting. Brown was captured in Arizona at Thanksgiving, and is set to be released from the La Crosse County jail.

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

    January 6, 2023 at 10:21 am

    40 rounds fired , some little kid could of got killed , another liberal judge kickin the can down the road !!!!!!!!!!

    • Q

      January 6, 2023 at 10:46 am

      Sadly, It has always been said that if you want to get away with murder La Crosse is the place to be. I think that someone got to this witness. The fact that they changed their story doesn’t negate their original story it just makes it harder to get a conviction. In another case multiple witnesses said it was self defense and yet they are still trying that case for murder. They will push for a plea deal that will probably put an innocent man in prison for a few years rather than chance a guilty verdict that would put him in prison for life. So why is this case different?

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