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Kendhammer murder appeal could get summer hearing



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FILE - Todd Kendhammer stands with his attorney after receiving a life sentence for his wife's murder.

Lawyers on both sides of the Todd Kendhammer homicide case are making plans for a court hearing to review evidence for an appeal. 

Kendhammer was convicted of 1st degree murder in the 2016 death of his wife Barbara, which prosecutors argued was the result of a fatal beating. 

The West Salem man says Barbara was killed by a metal pipe that crashed through their windshield while they were traveling in rural La Crosse County. Kendhammer claimed the pipe fell off a passing truck.

In 2018, Kendhammer was sentenced to life in prison, and he’s not allowed to apply for release until 2048.

Jerome Buting, Kendhammer’s current attorney, says the hearing to appeal the conviction or sentence might take more than one day.

La Crosse district attorney Tim Gruenke is negotiating with Buting about the need for an evidence hearing.     Possible dates in August have been mentioned for the Kendhammer hearing.        

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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  1. Kent Porter

    April 9, 2021 at 8:26 am

    The guy is a murderer , he was beating his wife long before her death !!!!!!!!!

    • Elizabeth Francke

      August 18, 2022 at 11:02 pm

      I agree. Just a murderer

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