A La Crosse man charged in a 2013 fatal stabbing at a downtown gas station faces his sixth criminal case since a jury acquitted him of homicide.
Mitrel Anderson, 28, sold 2.2 grams of heroin to a police informant on April 15, 2015, on the city’s South Side and remained under investigation until officers arrested him Monday, according to La Crosse police reports.
Prosecutors on Tuesday charged Anderson with delivery of heroin and bail jumping, both as a repeat offender, in La Crosse County Circuit Court. His criminal record in Wisconsin includes 10 misdemeanor convictions since 2006.
A jury in December 2014 acquitted Anderson of homicide in the June 2, 2013, death of DeMario Lee inside the men’s restroom at the Cass Street Kwik Trip, after finding he stabbed Lee in self-defense after a confrontation.
Anderson testified that Lee ambushed, beat and threatened to kill him before Anderson drew his knife and swung at Lee’s head; prosecutors argued that Lee, 24, of Illinois was stabbed as he was leaving the restroom and that Anderson wasn’t justified in using deadly force.
Police arrested him at 20th and Market streets about three months after his trial for second-offense drunken driving. A judge issued him a fine, sentenced him to eight days electronic monitoring and suspended his license for one year, according to court records. He was arrested in July for driving without a valid license.
He was arrested again Nov. 21 for threatening to kill his father, according to court records, and on Dec. 17 for driving without a valid license and lying to police about his name. He was fined $443 in those cases.
Anderson is free on a $2,000 cash bond.