Todd Winkler murder trial moving forwardBy: By Penne Usher, Telegraph Correspondent
PLACERVILLE, CA – Following numerous delays it appears that the murder case against a Cameron Park man will move forward.
Todd Winkler, 45, made a brief appearance Monday in El Dorado County Superior Court along with his retained attorney David Weiner.
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.
He has pleaded not guilty to the charge and contends he acted in self-defense.
Weiner and prosecutor Lizette Suder agreed to set the preliminary hearing for Oct 4. The hearing was originally scheduled for Aug. 30, however, delays in obtaining evidence and the autopsy report have pushed the case out until October.
A preliminary hearing is to allow the court to determine if there is sufficient evidence to hold the suspect over for trial.
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.
Winkler is scheduled to return to court at 1:30 p.m. Oct 4.