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Golatt files motion for new trial

Published On: Aug 29 2013 02:54:15 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 29 2013 06:53:27 PM CDT
LA CROSSE, WI -

The man convicted of strangling a La Crosse woman last year is asking for a new trial. 

Attorneys for Izalia Golatt filed a motion for a new trial last week. Golatt was found guilty of killing Kristen Tabbert Rodgers in March of 2012. 

His lawyers say the jury deliberated and reached a verdict while the county courthouse was closed and that violated Golatt's constitutional right to a public trial. 

But Judge Scott Horne says the court was open and the public was allowed inside. Golatt's lawyers have one week to verify those facts.

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