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West Salem murderer gets new chance to appeal conviction at August court hearing



FILE - Todd Kendhammer on the stand in La Crosse in December 2017.

Three days in August have been set aside for a new evidence hearing in a La Crosse County murder case dating back five years.  


A local judge has scheduled the hearing for Todd Kendhammer to begin on Aug. 23.

Kendhammer is seeking an appeal of his conviction for the death of his wife Barbara. 

The West Salem man claimed a metal pipe that fell off a truck and crashed through his car windshield, killing his wife, Barbara, who was in the passenger seat. 

A jury agreed with prosecutors that evidence showed Barbra Kendhammer was beaten to death and that her husband faked the pipe accident to cover it up. 

Evidence from the case will be reviewed at the hearing, to prepare for an appeal. 

Monday, La Crosse Judge Todd Bjerke scheduled the August hearing to determine whether Kendhammer can take his case to a state appeals court.    

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. Al Washburn

    May 31, 2021 at 7:01 pm

    This guy should be put in a small room and the key should be thrown away!!!! He deserves NO appeal!!!!!! The whole world knows he’s guilty as heck!!!!!!!! Let him rot in prison where he belongs!!!!!

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