Day 4 concludes in the Todd Kendhammer trial

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Day four in the trial of a West Salem man accused of killing his wife saw more witnesses testify at the La Crosse County Circuit Court.

Thursday, the jury watched a video of Todd Kendhammer being questioned by two La Crosse County Sheriff Department Investigators for over three and a half hours, less than a week after the incident.

Investigators were seen repeatedly telling Kendhammer that the injuries to Barbara Kendhammer are inconsistent with his version of what he told them happened that morning.

Kendhammer was seen replying that he does not know how they occurred and denied any involvement in his wife's death.

They also heard testimony from one of the investigators that questioned Kendhammer.

"When you're conducting an interview, there's verbal and non verbal communication going on among things. You can see things of how a person sits, how they react to questions, open, close. Patterns can be developed by just asking questions," said Investigator with the La Crosse County Sheriff's Department Fritz Leinfelder.

When questioned by the defense during cross examination, Leinfelder defended himself and the other investigators in the questions they were asking.

"This wasn't about getting information," asked Defense Attorney Stephen Hurley. "This was about trying to get a confession, correct?"

"The entire time I was trying to make sense of the story in which he had told us, and it didn't make sense to the investigators that were involved in the case," responded Leinfelder.

Others who testified included a La Crosse County Deputy Medical Examiner, who was an acquaintance of the Kendhammer's and visited their house after the autopsy and inquired about various injuries sustained on Barbara's body.

A La Crosse County Deputy Sheriff who took pictures of Todd at the hospital and studied video surveillance from multiple buildings in the area looking for a dark flatbed pick-up truck the pipe allegedly fell from also took the stand.

To finish the day Captain John Zimmerman, who is the lead investigator and took the stand on Tuesday as well, testified about Google Dashboard records that were able to help put together a timeline of Todd and Barbara's whereabouts the day of the incident.

Cpt. Zimmerman also testified about a blue and silver mug, that Barbara would use for water, that was recovered from the car.

Testimony resumes Friday morning at 8:30 a.m.



 
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