Todd Winkler appeared briefly in court Monday morning to confirm a preliminary date despite interviews and other documentation possibly not being ready in time for the hearing.
Prosecutor Lisette Suder informed defense attorney David Weiner and Judge Douglas C. Phimister that the lead investigator for the case had been out of the country on military leave. She was unsure if all of the information the detective had collected would be available for Weiner in time for the Thursday, Oct. 4 hearing, but was otherwise willing to confirm the date. Weiner was also willing to confirm, despite possible lack of discovery.
Phimister confirmed the date for Thursday, Oct. 4 at 1:30 p.m. for the preliminary hearing and the Monday hearing came to an end.
Winkler is accused of murdering of his wife, Rachel, while they were fighting over their impending divorce. He has been in custody since Feb. 27, the date of the alleged murder. The fight allegedly ended when Rachel was stabbed in the throat with a pair of scissors, which Winkler claims was an act of self-defense after she allegedly pulled the scissors on him, injuring his hands and inner thighs.