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Los Altos suspect in Bubble Wrap stabbing denied bail

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After a Redwood City court last week denied bail to a Los Altos woman accused of encasing herself in Bubble Wrap and tasing and stabbing her husband at work, her defense attorney said he’s forging ahead and preparing for trial.

“The case will be vigorously defended,” Attorney Brian Madden told the Town Crier in a statement.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled Dec. 7 in Redwood City for Laura Jean Wenke, 50, who faces life in prison after she allegedly shot her husband with a stun gun and stabbed him multiple times with a folding knife at their Redwood City construction firm Sept. 15.

She has pleaded not guilty to the felony charges.

Wenke and her husband, who have an 8-year-old son, were in the midst of an “acrimonious” divorce, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. The husband also had a $2 million life-insurance policy, he added.

Wenke parked her truck to block a window that opened into the company’s Redwood City offices, Wagstaffe said. She entered the building and asked her husband to look up something on the computer. While he was doing so, Wenke, whom Wagstaffe said wore a mechanic’s suit over the Bubble Wrap, shot her husband with the stun gun before stabbing him repeatedly in the neck and chest.

When police arrived on the scene, they found the husband bloodied but alive outside the building and arrested Wenke, who is charged with attempted first-degree murder. The husband has since recovered.

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