Winkler trial eyes autopsy, death of prior wife
PROSECUTOR Lisette Suder and defense attorney David Wiener have an impromptu pre-trial discussion. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum
Sept. 25, the third day of the Todd Winkler murder trial, opened with a review of the autopsy of Rachel Winkler.
Forensic pathologist Stephany Fyore, then-chief pathologist of the Sacramento County Coroner's Office, performed the autopsy. There were numerous abrasions, incisions and stab wounds to her face and neck. Bruising around her left eye and nose led Fyore to believe Todd had likely punched Rachel.
One incision went from her left eyelid to her cheek, exposing the cheek bone. Another incision was on the eyelid. Some six linear scores marked her neck.
The fatal wound was a 1.5-inch-deep stab to her jugular vein, consistent with scissors with the blades closed stabbing her neck. "This is the fatal wound on the body," Fyore said. The many other wounds were not life-threatening and mostly superficial, she said. Continue Reading