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Judge throws out insanity plea in attempted murder

A jury on Wednesday found that the 53-year-old Los Altos woman who was convicted for attempted murder on June 3 was sane at the time of the crimes.

Laura Jean Wenke was accused of attacking her husband with a knife and a stun gun while she was wrapped in a suit of bubble wrap. Last week, the jury found her guilty of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, assault with a stun gun and domestic abuse, according to the San Mateo District Attorney's office.

According to the Redwood City Police Department, Wenke and her husband were going through a bitter divorce, and she was upset that her husband had found a new girlfriend. On Sept. 15, 2011 she showed up at her husband's construction business dressed in bubble wrap and a jumpsuit, where she discharged a stun gun into her husband's side and stabbed him in the chest and neck multiple times.

The husband was released from the hospital after several days of treatment. He had a $2 million life insurance policy with Wenke still listed as a beneficiary, according to police.

Wenke remains in custody on no bail status. The defense attorneys are Geoff Carr and Neva Tassan.

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Posted by Maher
a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on Jun 12, 2014 at 5:06 pm

Not succeeding a bad plan does not equate with being insane... just stupid. Too often, it seems to me, a defendant's lawyer and the courts accept stupid for insane... and I for one am tired of it.

I think we need a very high threshold for an insanity plea. Certainly higher than what is accepted now in too many cases.


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