In a blink-and-miss-it hearing Monday, a new hearing date was assigned to a man accused of killing his wife.
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Judge Douglas C. Phimister told defense attorneys David Weiner and Erik Schlueter that there had still been no ruling by the California Appellate Court regarding which of the two would be representing Todd Winkler. Winkler was previously represented by Weiner in the case, but appealed to have Schlueter appointed instead.
With no ruling, which Schlueter had also checked on and noted there was “nothing on file,” a new hearing date was made for Dec. 9 at 8 a.m. in Department 7, unless a ruling came beforehand.
Winkler is accused of killing his wife, Rachel, during a fight on Feb. 27, 2012. He allegedly stabbed her in the throat with scissors, but claims that it happened during a struggle where she first tried to use the scissors on him during an argument over their impending divorce, injuring his hands and inner thighs before he was able to wrestle the scissors away. He is being held in custody without bail.