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Trial for Madeline Kingsbury killing in Winona expected in late 2024



A trial for the murder of Madeline Kingsbury of Winona will probably happen next fall.

Suspect Adam Fravel appeared before a Winona County judge on Thursday, for a brief hearing. Attorneys have asked for a trial around September or October, to accommodate the schedules of parties involved in the case.


Fravel was the ex-boyfriend of Kingsbury, and the father of her two children. Kingsbury disappeared last March, and her body was found near Mabel, Minnesota in June. Court documents suggest that money may have been a motive in the slaying, indicating that Fravel was dependent on Kingsbury for rent money and other expenses. The couple reportedly was breaking up around the time Kingsbury vanished.

Fravel is charged with two counts each of 1st-degree and 2nd-degree murder in Kingsbury’s death. The young woman’s disappearance led to weeks of searches, and to public vigils organized by family and friends. Fravel has been in jail since Madeline’s remains were discovered.

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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