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Madison man turns himself in on attempted homicide charges

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LA CROSSE, WI (WTAQ) - A Madison man appeared in court in La Crosse Tuesday, on charges that he brutally beat a man at the home of his ex-girlfriend. 

Police said 31-year-old Thomas Beitlich fled after the attack -- and he turned himself in Tuesday while accompanied by his attorney. 

Authorities said Beitlich busted into the woman's house early Sunday, and repeatedly struck the man who was there with an undisclosed blunt object. Police said the 33-year-old victim had up to 20 cuts to his head, plus a possible skull fracture. 

In court Tuesday, District Attorney Tim Gruenke said the man had several skull fractures -- and there's a chance he might not survive, in which case Beitlich could face a full homicide charge with the possibility of life in prison. 

Right now, he's charged only with attempted homicide, and he's jailed under a quarter-million dollar bond. 

Gruenke said burglary and stalking charges could also be filed. 

Beitlich returns to court October 25th, to determine if there's enough evidence to put him on trial.

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