Golatt files motion for new trial

Published On: Dec 24 2013 03:43:58 AM CST   Updated On: Aug 29 2013 06:53:27 PM CDT
Izelia Golatt

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.