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Plea hearing scheduled for one suspect in 2021 quarry murders in La Crosse County



It appears that one of the suspects in a triple murder at a La Crosse County quarry is ready to reach a plea agreement.

Online court records show that Kham Rattanasack has a plea hearing scheduled on October 30th before Judge Elliott Levine. Rattanasack and co-defendant Nya Thao are accused in the shooting deaths of three men at a quarry near West Salem in 2021, allegedly in a dispute over a debt of $600.

FILE – Nya Thao on trial in La Crosse County court on June 15, 2023 (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

Rattanasack had previously been scheduled for a plea hearing in May, but that was delayed. During June, he testified at Thao’s trial in La Crosse, and blamed Thao for the deaths. The jury at the Thao trial was unable to reach a verdict.

Thao is waiting for a new trial, but in court last week, his bond was reduced from $1 million cash to $500,000. Rattanasack is now being held in a state prison, while Thao is in the La Crosse County jail.

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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