Izalia Golatt requests new trial

Published On: Dec 24 2013 03:06:57 AM CST   Updated On: Aug 23 2013 07:37:00 PM CDT
Izelia Golatt

The man convicted of strangling a La Crosse woman to death last year wants a new trial. 

Attorneys for Izalia Golatt, the man found guilty of killing Kristen Tabbert Rodgers in March of 2012, says the jury deliberated and reached a verdict while the county courthouse was closed. 

They say that means he did not receive access to a public trial and violates his constitutional rights. 

The prosecuting attorney says the transcript from the case clearly shows the court was open. A judge will make a decision at a hearing next week.