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Thao trial for quarry murders remains on schedule for this June



It looks like one suspect in the shooting deaths of three men at an area quarry will be tried on schedule this June. 

An attorney for Nya Thao tells Judge Elliott Levine that there is no negotiated plea yet in the case.  Thao has a two-week murder trial set to begin June 12th.   


Thao and co-defendant Khamthaneth Rattanasack are accused of killing the men–Nemo Yang, Peng Lor, and Trevor Maloney–near West Salem in the summer of 2021. 

Investigators say one victim owed several hundred dollars to Rattanasack, or may have stolen the money from him. 


Rattanasack does not have a trial date yet, because his attorney is still talking to witnesses. He will probably be tried separately, and he has a court hearing next week.

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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