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Estranged wife to trial for stabbing
April 26, 2012, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report

Laura Wenke


The Los Altos woman accused of Tasing and stabbing her estranged husband at their Redwood City construction firm office last fall while wearing bubble wrap to protect herself will stand trial for premeditated attempted murder.

Laura Jean Wenke, 51, has already pleaded not guilty to that charge and felony assault. However, after a preliminary hearing yesterday a judge found sufficient evidence to hold her to answer on all counts.

During the hearing, Wenke’s husband testified and an officer shared the "to do” list discovered in her purse, said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Wenke and her husband are in the midst of a divorce and have a young child. Wenke stood to gain a $2 million life insurance payout if her husband died and was very jealous of his new girlfriend, according to prosecutors.

On Sept. 15, Wenke allegedly arrived at the family business, Wenke Construction, on Laurel Street and parked a truck in front of the office windows to block the view of passersby. Inside, prosecutors say she asked her husband to look up something in his computer and, as he worked, she stunned and then stabbed him with a folding knife several times in the neck and torso.

After her arrest, police reported she was wearing a mechanic’s jumpsuit and underneath the clothing her torso was swaddled in bubble wrap, apparently as protection against being hit herself.

Wenke’s husband was hospitalized with injuries to his lung, neck and chest but later released.

Wenke remains in custody without bail and faces seven years to life in prison if convicted because of the premeditation allegation

She returns to court May 10 to enter a Superior Court plea and set a trial date.


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