Conflict question arises in Cameron Park murder trial

Winkler's next court appearance is Feb. 25
By: Penne Usher, Telegraph Correspondent
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Accused murderer Todd Winkler is still waiting to see who his attorney will ultimately be.

Winkler, 45, is accused of the February 2012 murder of his wife Rachel in the Cameron Park Airpark home.

Winkler had retained local attorney David Weiner, however, it was discovered last year that there may be a conflict of interest.

It appears that Weiner once represented one of the witnesses to be called in the case.

Judge Douglas C.  Phimister appointed Erik Schlueter late last year, but whether or not he will remain Winkler’s attorney is in the hands of the Appellate Court that is saddled with determining if a conflict exists between Weiner and the unnamed witness.

Winkler is accused of stabbing his wife, Rachel Winkler, in the neck with a pair of scissors, fatally injuring her in their Cameron Park home Feb. 27.

The couple’s three young children were home at the time of the slaying and are in the custody of Rachel’s father, Don Hatfield. He has pleaded not guilty to the charge and contends he acted in self-defense.

Winkler is scheduled to return to court Feb. 25 for further proceedings.