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Two years after triple-murder near La Crosse County quarry, no convictions yet for two suspects



This month marks two years since a triple murder occurred at a quarry near West Salem, Wis., but the case is far from closed — even though one suspect has already been through a trial.


The June trial of Nya Thao ended with the jury unable to agree on a verdict, and no new trial date has been set.

Thao remains in the county jail, under a $1 million bond. A hearing is scheduled later this month on whether to reduce his bond.

Co-defendant Kham Rattanasack testified at the Thao trial, and was supposed to have a brief hearing this coming week, but that court date has been postponed until August.

A plea hearing for Rattanasack had been scheduled in May of this year, but that was called off.

The three victims, Peng Lor, Nemo Yang, and Trevor Maloney, were shot to death at the quarry on July 23, 2021, allegedly over a debt of $600.

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

    July 10, 2023 at 5:10 am

    With the liberal Judges we have they will let them walk

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