A 10-year-old girl witnessed an escalating argument between her stepfather and mother before he fatally stabbed her six or seven times in the family’s South Side La Crosse apartment, according to court testimony.
Haron Joyner, 35, stood mute Monday during his preliminary hearing to a charge of first-degree intentional homicide in the March 6 death of his wife, Jessica Joyner, 29. He returns to La Crosse County Circuit Court when a new judge is assigned to his case.
Prosecutors contend Haron Joyner stabbed his wife in the neck, face and chest in the kitchen of their upper unit at 1320 S. Fifth Ave. before she escaped to the apartment across the hall. There, she collapsed in a pool of blood surrounded by five children, ages 5 to 11, before she died at a hospital.
Police recovered a bloody knife at the apartment and arrested Haron Joyner early the next day when they found him inside a car parked in the 3600 block of South 29th Court. He told investigators he grew angry during an argument with his wife before he left the apartment and couldn’t explain the blood on his shirt, pants and shoes, La Crosse police Lt. Matt Malott testified.
Haron Joyner is jailed on a $100,000 cash bond.