Murder Victim's Criminal Past Won't Be Issue At Anderson Trial In La Crosse

A fatal fight in La Crosse last year may have been motivated more by a debt than by supposed drug activity...

And the jury in Mitrel Anderson's murder trial probably will hear about a fight over money, rather than any suggestion that the victim may have been involved with drugs.  Attorneys in the case argued about possible trial evidence during a hearing yesterday.  It's been reported that victim DeMario Lee wanted to borrow money from Anderson after a state trooper confiscated several thousand dollars from Lee during a traffic stop.  Prosecutor Michelle Keller says that information could influence the jury:

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Judge Elliott Levine says the December trial should be about what happened during the fight, not about whether the victim was involved in crimes.


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