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Suspect in La Crosse County triple murder still preparing for possible trial



FILE - The entrance to the Milestone Materials quarry, looking south down County M toward West Salem (PHOTO: Rick Solem).

More potential witnesses are being questioned for a triple-homicide trial in La Crosse. 


Khamthaneth Rattanasack is waiting to be tried for the fatal shootings of three men at a West Salem area quarry in July of 2021. 

Rattanasack’s attorney, Bernardo Cueto, told a La Crosse judge in court Monday that he has contacted three expert witnesses. 

Cueto said one of them could challenge a confession made to police. 


Rattanasack and a second man, Nya Thao, are accused of fatally shooting the men over what the La Crosse County Sheriff’s Office said was a $600 debt. 

No trial date has been set for Rattanasack, as more potential witnesses are being contacted by Cueto.

Judge Elliott Levine will have another hearing in about a month. Thao has a two-week trial scheduled this summer.

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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