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Convicted murder argues for appeal in La Crosse County this week

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A La Crosse County murder conviction from 2017 is being appealed in court this week. 

Kendhammer

Todd Kendhammer was found guilty of fatally beating his wife Barbara, and of faking a highway accident in which a metal pipe crashed through a car window and killed her in the fall of 2016. 

La Crosse district attorney Tim Gruenke tried that case, and will take part in the appeal hearing before Judge Todd Bjerke.

Gruenke says the arguments expected from Kendhammer include that “his attorneys made a number of mistakes…not asking for a change of venue to a different location.” He also says the defense will argue that “different experts should have been called, maybe some other witnesses should have been presented.”    

Kendhammer claimed that Barbara died after a pipe fell off a truck and crashed through the windshield on a road near West Salem.  He’s serving a life prison term, with the first possibility of parole in 2048.

Three days have been set aside for the court hearing that begins Monday morning.

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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