Bubble-Wrapped Woman Accused of Stabbing Husband Delays Plea Entry

The defense motion is further considering which not guilty please to enter, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

UPDATE: 9:45 a.m. Oct. 6

The case was reset to Nov. 3, when the defendant will make a plea entry and to set a preliminary date.

The defendant remains in custody on no bail status.


The Los Altos woman several times with a knife at their jointly owned business in Redwood City last week, came to the encounter clad in bubble wrap underneath a mechanic's jumpsuit the said during her arraignment.

Laura Jean Wenke, 50, who was arraigned in on Monday, is accused of first-degree attempted murder.

The couple, who had been separated for about a year, were undergoing a difficult divorce, and Wenke was unhappy that her husband had a girlfriend, the district attorney said.

Details of what happened at their construction business on 36 Laurel Street were revealed during her appearance in court. The business, which lists Randall Wenke as president and Laura Wenke, as vice president, was the scene of the attack.

"The case was charged as a first-degree attempted murder, based on information we currently have," said Deputy District Attorney Sharon K. Cho.

Wenke allegedly parked her vehicle directly in front of the window that looks in on the office, and attacked him with a stun gun while he was working on a computer, according to the district attorney.

While he was reeling from the stun gun, she stabbed him several times in the neck and chest, the district attorney said. The husband has a $2 million life insurance policy on which Laura Wenke is the beneficiary, the district attorney noted.

The arraignment has been continued to Oct. 4 where Wenke is expected to enter a plea. She is being held on a no-bail bond. The victim has been released from the hospital.

The Wenkes had lived for several years on a quiet street on Country Club Drive in unincorporated Los

Altos. Neighbors often saw Laura Wenke coming to and from Loyola school, accompanying her son on foot while her son rode his bicycle. Neighbors who were aware of Laura Wenke's arrest, had conferred about how to help. One had put out the garbage cans and fed the cats.

A next door neighbor, who did not want to be identified said he liked both of the husband and wife and was "saddened" by the turn of events.

Vanessa Castañeda October 06, 2011 at 06:49 PM
Wow. Why the bubble wrap? It might make a satisfying pop sound after an impact, but it's certainly not going to protect her from violent retaliation.
James V. Lee October 06, 2011 at 11:27 PM
Under our system everyone accused of a crime is presumed innocent etc., so I assume the Patch's question "[d]o you think she is innocent" invites readers to bypass that rule and offer their candid opinion. That being the case, I would be extremely curious to hear any theory under which an individual who attacks their spouse with a stun gun and then stabs the spouse several times is "innocent", particularly with $2 million in life insurance on the table.


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