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New judge to be appointed for Melrose man’s murder case

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There will be a change of judge in a Trempealeau County murder case.

Sixty-one-year-old Todd Gieck of Melrose had a court hearing on Friday, on a charge of fatally shooting Kyle Dahl last month in Ettrick. According to court records, Judge Rian Radtke has recused himself, because victim Dahl had worked with the county court system.

Gieck faces charges of 1st degree reckless homicide, discharging a firearm near a vehicle, and felony possession of a firearm. He also will need a defense attorney, and one is likely to be appointed from outside the public defender office.

Investigators say Gieck was parked along a road on May 15th, and allegedly fired at Dahl’s car, after becoming upset that Dahl drove too slowly past the scene. Dahl later died of his injuries at a La Crosse hospital.

No date has been set for Gieck’s next hearing, while a new judge has to be assigned.

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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  1. Kennedy Retrich

    June 25, 2024 at 3:13 pm

    Wow. this Todd Dieck sounds like a massive loser. All because he couldn’t control some simple emotions, the unfortunate and senseless loss of life happened.

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