Todd Winkler appeared before the court for about five minutes on May 21, long enough for new court dates and a few notes from the District Attorney’s office to be made.
After a discussion in the judge’s chambers, deputy district attorney Lisette Suder confirmed that a protective order, which had been made at the order of the court, had been given to David Weiner, Winkler’s attorney. After the hearing, Suder said that the order concerned evidence relating to juveniles, which must be submitted as a protected order. Winkler has three children, who were the focus of a custody battle that ended the previous week.
El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Douglas C. Phimister said that during the discussion in his chamber, “certain information provided by various people” in connection with the case had made a gag order concerning the circumstances of the case a consideration, but that it had “not gone that far” to the point of needing the order.
A preliminary hearing was then set for Aug. 30 at 8 a.m. The hearing has been given the entire day on the court calendar, which is expected to be taken up by testimonies. A pre-preliminary hearing was set for July 2 at 8 a.m.
Winkler has been in custody since Feb. 27 and stands accused of the murder of his wife, Rachel. They had been in a fight concerning their impending divorce, which ended when Rachel was stabbed in the throat with a pair of scissors, an act he said was in self-defense.