Attorneys from both sides of a 2017 murder trial in La Crosse talked in court on Monday about the case, during a hearing on whether a new trial will be ordered for Todd Kendhammer.
The West Salem man was found guilty of murdering his wife Barbara, but Kendhammer says Barbara was killed by a flying pipe that broke through a car window.
District attorney Tim Gruenke questioned defense attorney Jacob Bednarek on Monday about the police theory that the odds were against a pipe killing Mrs. Kendhammer.
“I’m not aware of (the officer’s) training, beyond what he was trained as a law enforcement officer, but beyond that I’m not aware of any training that he has,” said Bednarek. “He may have a Ph.D. in physics, for all I know. I kinda doubt it.”
“Todd Kendhammer didn’t kill his wife,” said Bednarek. “It’s a complicated case, but the theory is he didn’t commit the crime, period.”
He added that “they didn’t have a cohesive ‘this is why it happened.’ They just thought he lost his temper, I suppose.”
The appeals hearing in La Crosse County court is scheduled to continue with new witnesses on Tuesday and Wednesday.