Evidence sealed in Winkler case

By From page A3 | March 17, 2014


TODD WINKLER, left, confers with his attorney David Weiner in Department 2 Superior Court in Placerville on Friday, March 14. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins

A motion to suppress evidence was granted Friday morning in a case involving a man accused of murdering his wife.

Judge Daniel B. Proud told prosecutor Lisette Suder and defense attorney David Weiner that his understanding, based on an in-chambers meeting, was the defense was requesting police reports regarding a witness in the Todd Winkler case, while the prosecution wished to exclude the evidence from the trial, set for September.

Although Proud allowed Weiner to review a copy of the evidence, it would be for his eyes only — and excluded from evidence in the trial, to be sealed by the court.

A readiness and settlement conference was confirmed for May 23 at 8:30 a.m.

Winkler allegedly killed his wife, Rachel, during a fight on Feb. 27, 2012, over their impending divorce in their Cameron Airpark home. He allegedly stabbed her in the throat with scissors, but claims that it happened during a struggle where she pulled the scissors on him, injuring his hands and inner thighs before he wrested the scissors away. He is being held in custody without bail.


Cole Mayer

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