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No gag order yet for Cameron Park's Winkler murder case

By: Penne Usher, Telegraph Correspondent
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PLACERVILLE CA ? The Cameron Park man accused of killing his wife appeared in El Dorado County Superior Court briefly May 21. Todd Winkler, 45, shackled and wearing jail-issued orange pajamas, appeared before Judge Douglas C. Phimister along with his attorney David Weiner. Weiner and Prosecutor Lisette Suder met in chambers with Judge Phimister before speaking briefly on the court record. A gag order had been apparently been discussed, however Judge Phimister did not impose one at this time. A gag order would prevent individuals involved with the case from discussing it in public and with the members of the media. Winkler?s wife, Rachel Winkler, was found dead in her Cameron Park home Feb. 27. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges and contends the fatal stabbing of his wife was self-defense after she allegedly attacked him with scissors. The couple?s three children were home at the time of the slaying and in the temporary custody of Rachel?s father, Don Hatfield. Winkler is scheduled to return at 8 a.m. July 2 in Dept. 7 of El Dorado County Superior Court for a pre-preliminary hearing.