When a family loses someone, you would hope they wouldn’t be so quick to believe a killer. But that’s exactly what happened in La Crosse County, Wisconsin, in 2016. In an episode of 48 Hours, we will explore the murder of Barbara Kendhammer and her husband Todd’s fabricated story about how a pipe flew off a truck and smashed through his windshield killing his wife.
But the children, Jessica and Jordan, don’t buy it. They think their dad is innocent and deserves a new trial. They hired Jerry Buting, an attorney who represented “Making a Murderer” co-stars, to represent them in their case. The attorneys held an evidentiary hearing last August and hired an expert in human memory. Dr. Geoffrey Loftus testified that the stress of a tragedy like this could cause people to inaccurately remember details.
Prosecutor Tim Gruenke says there’s just too much that doesn’t add up to make this a true accident. He says it’s implausible that the pipe flew off a truck traveling in the opposite direction, crashed into the windshield of their car and killed Barbara.
A jury found Todd Kendhammer guilty of first-degree intentional homicide in December 2017. He’s serving a life sentence with the possibility of parole after 30 years. He’s currently incarcerated at Dodge Correctional Institution in Waupun, Wisconsin.