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La Crosse man accused of stabbing wife 50 times has been charged with 1st-degree murder



A 36-year-old La Crosse man, arrested this week, was formally charged Wednesday with first-degree murder in the apparent stabbing death of his wife.


Zachary Fritz could be sent to prison for life if he’s convicted in the murder this past Monday at the family’s home on Redwood Court in Shelby.

A criminal complaint says the victim had over 50 sharp force injuries on her body, as well as blunt force trauma and several bite marks.

Fritz told police that his wife had killed herself.

Court commissioner Pat Heim said she would not change Fritz’s $1 million cash bond.

According to the complaint, an autopsy determined the causes of death were the blunt force and stabbing injuries.

He has another court hearing on June 19 and remains 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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