Husband charged in death of West Salem woman

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -- The death of a woman initially thought to be the result of a freak accident on a La Crosse County road has now been blamed on her husband.

Forty-six-year-old Barbara Kendhammer, of West Salem, was found critically injured after authorities responded to a car crash Sept. 16. Her husband, Todd Kendhammer, told authorities a pipe fell from a truck as he was driving, broke through the windshield and hit his wife, who died the following day.

As investigators dug deeper into the case, they say some things just didn't add up. A criminal complaint says the woman's injuries were inconsistent with her husband's explanation. He is due in court Dec. 15 on a first-degree intentional homicide charge. Court documents do not list a defense attorney.

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