Convicted killer’s attorneys ask sentencing judge to recuse

March 7, 2018

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — Just days away from sentencing, the attorneys for a man convicted of killing his wife want a La Crosse County judge to recuse himself.

Lawyers for Todd Kendhammer say Judge Todd Bjerke is biased and catered to the media during the defendant’s December trial. Bjerke must make a decision on whether to step aside tbefore sentencing can occur Friday.

Kendhammer is facing a life sentence for fatally beating his wife of 25 years in September 2016 and then staging a fake car crash to make her death look like an accident. Kendhammer was found guilty of first-degree intentional homicide in the death of Barbara Kendhammer.

His attorneys, Stephen Hurley and Jonas Bednarek, plan to ask a judge to set parole eligibility at the minimum 20 years.

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