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La Crosse judge determines there is cause to charge Holmen woman in drug death



A La Crosse judge found probable cause Tuesday to charge Rachel Brockway of Holmen with reckless homicide for the drug-related death of a male friend, which happened nearly a year ago.


Dr. Reade Quinton, a Minnesota medical examiner, performed the autopsy on the victim.

Quinton testified in La Crosse County court Tuesday that the man, who died last February, had fentanyl in his system.

The man reportedly had snorted heroin while in a store parking lot. The drug was allegedly supplied by Brockway.

La Crosse County, in 2023, set a record for drug overdose deaths with more than 50.

The 26-year-old is scheduled to enter a plea of not guilty at her Feb. 14 hearing.

She’s being held in the county jail on a $200,000 cash bond.

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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