Jury convicts man of murdering woman in La Crosse

Medical examiner says woman was strangled

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 reported 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.