Jury convicts man of murdering woman in La Crosse

The Associated Press

Jury convicts man of murdering woman in La Crosse

By The Associated Press. CREATED Sep 26, 2012

LA CROSSE- A jury has convicted a 45-year-old man of murdering a woman whose body was found in La Crosse.

Jurors deliberated for more than two hours Wednesday before convicting Izelia Golatt of first-degree intentional homicide.

Golatt was accused in the death of 35-year-old Kristen Rodgers. Her body was found in a dirt lot last March.

A medical examiner testified that Rodgers was strangled. But the defense maintained the victim overdosed on cocaine.

The La Crosse Tribune reports the conviction carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison. But it will be up to the judge to determine if Golatt could eventually be eligible for parole.