Winkler case taken up by state Supreme Court

By From page A3 | April 10, 2013

The case of a man accused of killing his wife has been moved to the California Supreme Court.

Attorneys Mark Ralphs, David Weiner and Erik Schlueter, all in part representing accused murderer Todd Winkler, approached the bench of Judge Douglas C. Phimister with deputy district attorney Lisette Suder. Afterward, Phimister told Winkler what had happened.

On March 14, the 3rd District Appellate Court of California had denied the motions by Winkler to replace Weiner with Schlueter. The Supreme Court of California, on March 25, announced it would be taking the writ of review itself, which would take about 30 days — a hearing was likely to be held on May 13.

“The case is now pending before the California Supreme Court,” Phimister concluded.

Winkler allegedly killed 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, injuring his hands and inner thighs before he was able to wrestle the scissors away. He is being held in custody without bail.

Cole Mayer

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