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Two years after triple murder in La Crosse, suspect Thao wants change in bond



This weekend marked two years since a triple murder at a quarry near West Salem, in which three young men were shot to death. A suspect in the shootings will have a new court hearing soon, as he awaits another trial.

Nya Thao was tried in June for the July 23rd, 2021 deaths of three men, Peng Lor, Nemo Yang, and Trevor Maloney, reportedly over a debt of $600. The La Crosse County jury was unable to reach a verdict at the week-long trial. Thao had been scheduled to appear in court last week, but his hearing has been set now for August 14th.

At that next hearing, Thao is expected to ask for a change in his one-million dollar cash bond. He’s being held in the county jail, waiting for a new trial to be scheduled. Another suspect, Kham Rattanasack, is scheduled for a status hearing in August as well.

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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