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Prosecutor says differences between evidence and testimony led to dismissal of charges in Knox shooting death



One year after a deadly shooting on Rose Street in La Crosse, prosecutors are back to having no suspects in custody. 

Charges have now been dismissed against the two men who had been arrested for the murder of Ernest Knox last January 8th.  Assistant district attorney Nick Passe says the case against Karvel Freeman and Nelson Brown had been based heavily on testimony from one witness.  Then, conflicting evidence turned up.


“We went back to speak to that key witness,” said Passe. “Again, there were discrepancies between the first story and the second story that that witness told us, and both of those stories had discrepancies with the physical evidence.”


Police believe more than 40 shots were fired at Knox, who had been attending a party.  Passe says it’s possible that other people who were at that party could still be charged in the murder.

Freeman was scheduled to be tried in February. No trial had been set for Brown.

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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