Crime briefs: Murder verdict, motorcycle gear stolen


Attempted murder verdict

A jury on Tuesday found 53-year-old Laura Jean Wenke guilty of attacking her husband with a knife and stun gun.

Wenke, a Los Altos resident who now faces life in prison, was found guilty on charges 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 will be back in court for a trial to plea not guilty by reason of insanity. This second phase of the the trial will begin on Thursday, June 5.

Motorcycle gear, accessories stolen

Police received a report that someone stole thousands of dollars in motorcycle gear on Continental Circle in Mountain View last week.

The victim reported that his pannier bags, motorcycle jacket, front beak, headlamp protector, GPS, tools and other belongings had all been stolen some time between 11:30 p.m. on Monday and 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, according to Sgt. Saul Jaeger of the Mountain View Police Department.

All the property had been taken from the victim's parked motorcycle. The pannier bags and motorcycle jacket are worth $1,500 and $1,320, respectively.

The total reported value of all the stolen property is about $4,400.


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