A West Salem man charged with killing his spouse and making an attempt to cowl up the crime by staging a visitors crash might be tried for her demise late this yr.
Todd Kendhammer’s trial was set Thursday for Dec. four-15 in La Crosse County Circuit Courtroom.
Prosecutors charged Kendhammer, forty six, with first-diploma intentional murder within the Sept. 17 demise of his spouse, Barbara. He stood mute to the cost and is free on a $250,000 money bond.
Kendhammer advised authorities he was driving north on a straight and flat stretch of Hwy. M simply south of Bergum Coulee Street about eight a.m. Sept. sixteen when a fifty three-inch pipe fell from an oncoming flatbed truck and impaled the passenger aspect of the windshield, putting his forty six-yr-previous spouse, in accordance with the legal grievance.
Kendhammer stated he turned onto close by Bergum Coulee Street whereas making an attempt to take away the ten-pound galvanized metal pipe from his spouse. He eliminated the pipe from the windshield and his spouse from the passenger seat and tried CPR for 3 to 5 minutes earlier than calling 911 at eight:06 a.m., based on the grievance. She died the subsequent day at a hospital.
In depth blunt impression accidents to her back and front of her head and neck didn’t match her husband’s description of an airborne pipe piercing the windshield and hanging her, based on courtroom testimony.
Kendhammer had scratches on his neck and chest, and accidents on his knuckles he stated have been the results of working with glass, the grievance said.
A passerby stated he noticed the Camry half within the ditch on Bergum Coulee Street with its passenger door open and no injury to the windshield, the grievance said. He didn’t see the couple.
Bloodstain patterns across the passenger seat and on the within of the windshield are in step with a bodily assault, in response to the State Crime Laboratory. There was no blood on the pipe recovered after the incident.
A criminal offense lab analyst additionally discovered a minimum of 4 influence factors to 2 areas of the windshield: two inflicted from the within and one from the surface that broken the glass earlier than the pipe penetrated the windshield, based on the grievance.
The unfold of glass particles on the passenger seat indicated it was empty when the pipe got here by means of. The analyst additionally concluded the passenger door was doubtless open, as a result of there have been no glass fragments within the door pocket.
No flatbed truck matching the outline offered by Kendhammer is on 4 surveillance movies inside minutes of the scene.