Just over one year ago, police discovered the body of Erin Somvilai, a 35-year-old La Crosse mother of two, in a Vernon County lake. Erik Sackett goes to trial this fall, facing charges of first-degree intentional homicide for her death.
Sackett, 38, is being held in the La Crosse County Jail on $1 million bail, pleaded not guilty Aug. 9, according to public records.
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On June 4, 2018, Somvilai’s father reported her missing, according to the criminal complaint. Less than two weeks later, on June 17, police found her body weighted down with ropes, a chain and two concrete blocks in Runge Hollow Lake in Vernon County.
Sackett and Somvilai had been in a casual relationship since a 2017 Christmas party.
Sackett’s trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 21 through Nov. 1 in La Crosse County Circuit Court with Judge Elliot Levine presiding, according to public records.