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La Crosse County murder case still draws attention of true-crime shows on TV



For the second time this year, a La Crosse murder trial from 2016 is being examined by a national TV show about real-life crimes.

Last January, it was “48 Hours” on CBS which featured the murder trial of Todd Kendhammer. Now, the A&E network’s “Killer Cases” is doing interviews with La Crosse County officials about the death of Barbara Kendhammer and the conviction of her husband.

Todd Kendhammer said a metal pipe smashed through a car window and killed his wife.

Investigators, however, pointed to evidence that his wife was severely beaten instead, and that the pipe incident was faked. A jury convicted Kendhammer in late 2017.

The “Killer Cases” program may air this fall.

Last May, La Crosse County Circuit Court Judge Todd Bjerke ruled against Todd Kendhammer’s request for a new trial. The defendant claimed that his attorney was ineffective in arguing the case.

Another motion in the case may be taken up in court this week.

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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