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Los Altos woman accused of attempted murder

Laura Jean Wenke, 50, pleads not guilty for allegedly stabbing estranged husband in September

A Los Altos woman accused of stabbing her estranged husband in September at the business they owned in Redwood City pleaded not guilty Thursday (Nov. 3) to attempted murder charges, prosecutors said.

Laura Jean Wenke, 50, was arrested following the Sept. 15 stabbing at the business in the first block of Laurel Street. Wenke and the 48-year-old victim had an 8-year-old son together and were going through a bitter divorce in which Wenke was allegedly unhappy that the victim had a new girlfriend, San Mateo County prosecutors said.

Wenke showed up at the business around 7 p.m. on Sept. 15 dressed in a mechanics jumpsuit and had bubble wrap around her body underneath the clothing, according to the district attorney's office. The victim was sitting at his computer when Wenke approached, discharged a stun gun into his side then stabbed him several times in the chest and neck, prosecutors said.

Officers responded and found the victim, who was taken to a hospital where he remained for several days to be treated for his serious injuries. He had a $2 million life insurance policy for which Wenke was still listed as the beneficiary at the time of the attack, according to the district attorney's office.

Wenke was found at the business by police responding to the stabbing and was arrested. She was charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and other offenses and pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Wenke remains in jail without bail and will return to court on Nov. 10 for a bail hearing and to set a preliminary hearing date, prosecutors said.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by who is she?
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Nov 4, 2011 at 10:35 am

How about posting the mug shot of the suspect?
You posted the mug shot of the Woodside guy suspected of killing his wife.


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Posted by Alphonso
a resident of Los Altos Hills
on Nov 4, 2011 at 4:26 pm

This woman qualifies for an anger management class. I will be much more careful the next time I see a woman dressed in bubble wrap.


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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 4, 2011 at 4:35 pm


It is a very bizarre case--glad the man survived

The perp will claim a history of victimization --LOL

Bubble Wrap must have erotic potential for, at least, someone--I guess

It does go pop if you squeeze it hard.

Our sympathy is for the child entangled in this attempted murder and maiming


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Nov 4, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Alphonso - I think your comment wins Quote of the Day:

"I will be much more careful the next time I see a woman dressed in bubble wrap."

Sharon's comes in second: "Bubble Wrap must have erotic potential for, at least, someone--I guess

It does go pop if you squeeze it hard."

But back on topic - this was a terrifying and evil crime. I am so glad that she was caught and that he survived.

For those who wanted a picture of the lovely lady:
Web Link


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