Charges dropped against La Crosse shooting suspect

District attorney: State would be unable to prove case beyond a reasonable doubt

La Crosse County District Attorney Tim Gruenke moved to dismiss the case against a man accused of shooting three people in La Crosse in August 2013.

In a court document, Gruenke stated the State would be unable to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.

Almondo Baker, 34, of Madison, pleaded not guilty to three attempted first degree intentional homicide charges.

La Crosse police said Baker opened fire on the 1000 block of Farnam Street around 5 a.m. on August 31, 2013. A witness told police she heard several gunshots and people ran from the area.

Several people told police Baker fired the gun. Two women were shot in their right thigh and a man was shot in the left lower leg and in the pelvic area.

Gruenke said the State would be unable to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt because the primary victim has been unavailable and his current whereabouts are unknown. Many of the other witnesses in the case are either unavailable, or their testimony would lack any clarity regarding the incident.

“At this point the State would be able to locate and present a limited number of witnesses, and the small number of witnesses that would testify would not convince a jury the defendant was guilty beyond a reasonable doubt,” Gruenke wrote in a motion dated February 27.

Baker’s trial was scheduled to begin on March 16.

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