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Downtown La Crosse drive-by shooting suspect pleads not guilty, prepares for trial



The suspect in a downtown La Crosse drive-by shooting last June will be scheduled for a trial.

Deandrew Grant appeared before Judge Ramona Gonzalez on Thursday and entered pleas of not guilty on 29 criminal counts, including multiple charges of attempted murder.

His next court hearing is on Feb 8.

Grant is accused of shooting and wounding several people while driving the wrong direction down 3rd Street last summer.

The shooting at Polito’s Pizza occurred a short time after Grant was involved in a dispute at the restaurant.

During his Thursday hearing, Grant was asked by the judge whether he had read the criminal complaint in his case. He responded that he can’t read, so his attorney is helping him learn what’s in the complaint.

FILE PHOTO: Boards were placed in the door and windows of Polito’s Pizza, after gunshots reportedly broke the glass on June 17, 2023 (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

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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