Mitrel Anderson

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A La Crosse man acquitted in a 2013 fatal stabbing at a downtown gas station faces new charges after authorities found him with more than three ounces of methamphetamine and a loaded handgun in Trempealeau County.

Investigators arrested Mitrel Anderson, 28, and Brittany Heath, 21, also of La Crosse, after an undercover drug investigation Thursday in Centerville, according to the Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Department.

Police discovered 84 grams of meth and the gun inside their vehicle. Anderson and Heath makes their initial appearances this week in Trempealeau County Circuit Court.

Before his arrest, Anderson was free on a $2,000 signature bond in La Crosse County. Prosecutors in March charged him with selling 2.2 grams of heroin to a police informant. That case is pending.

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.

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Anne Jungen covers law enforcement and the criminal justice system in La Crosse County. She joined the Tribune reporting staff in December 2005. You can contact her directly at ajungen@lacrossetribune.com or 608-791-8224.

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