Man accused in Houska Park death held on $500,000 cash bond


David Pearson Jr


LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — A man accused of killing another person in Joseph Houska Park Monday night is being held in the La Crosse County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

La Crosse County Circuit Court Judge Elliott Levine on Wednesday ordered the cash bond for David A. Pearson Jr., 34, who was arrested Tuesday on charges of first-degree homicide and felony bail jumping. Pearson is due back in court July 7.

Pearson was arrested Tuesday after he was accused of killing another person in an altercation at the city park on Isle La Plume.

The La Crosse Police Department was called to the shelter area at the park at 11:39 p.m. Monday night where they found an injured person, according to a press release. The person died shortly after they arrived.

The investigation is ongoing and a criminal complaint had not yet been filed Wednesday.

Pearson has five other open cases in La Crosse court. He has been charged with arson of property other than building, negligent handling of burning material, theft, criminal damage to property, obstructing an officer, and bail jumping.