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Trial continues in former La Crosse County sheriff's deputy charged with homicide

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LA CROSSE - Prosecutors are expected to finish presenting their case today in the trial of a former La Crosse County sheriff's deputy charged in a crash that killed a teenager.


Trisha Stratman is charged with negligent homicide in the death of 16-year-old Brandon Jennings near Holmen. Authorities said she was speeding to an emergency when her squad car ran a red light and collided with Jennings' vehicle.

Much of yesterday's testimony focused on the speed of her vehicle - and how it hit 122-miles-an-hour before slowing down to 90 in the intersection. Sheriff's sergeant Brian Wierzbicki testified that Stratman was in an ambulance when she asked another deputy if she killed Jennings - and she said the light had changed and she couldn't avoid hitting him. Her lawyer contends that her conduct was privileged under state law - and even if she was negligent, the jury cannot legally convict her for that. One of the jurors was dismissed yesterday, after saying she was not mentally able to handle some of the testimony. The juror had walked out as a doctor described how he had worked on Jennings.