Convicted killer's attorneys ask sentencing judge to recuse
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -- Just days away from sentencing, the attorneys for a man convicted of killing his wife want a La Crosse County judge to recuse himself.
Lawyers for Todd Kendhammer say Judge Todd Bjerke is biased and catered to the media during the defendant's December trial. Bjerke must make a decision on whether to step aside before sentencing can occur Friday.
Kendhammer is facing a life sentence for fatally beating his wife of 25 years in September 2016 and then staging a fake car crash to make her death look like an accident. Kendhammer was found guilty of first-degree intentional homicide in the death of Barbara Kendhammer.
His attorneys, Stephen Hurley and Jonas Bednarek, plan to ask a judge to set parole eligibility at the minimum 20 years.