Dismissal Motion Denied in Wickenhauser Case 10 Apr 13

District Judge Donald Spilseth has denied motions to dismiss the charges against the 22-year-old Cokato man facing 15 felony counts of criminal vehicular homicide or operation for the triple fatal motor vehicle crash last summer east of Willmar.

The West Central Tribune reports that in an order dated March 29, Spilseth also denied defense motions to suppress statements Paul Anthony Wickenhauser made to law enforcement officials after the Aug. 17 crash that killed 68-year-old Marta Stoffers of Atwater, her daughter-in-law, 40-year-old Michelle Hoffman of Eden Prairie, and Hoffman’s 8-year-old daughter Julia.

The felony charges, plus a misdemeanor charge for open bottle, were filed after the three family members were killed in the head-on crash. Hoffman’s 5-year-old son, Jason, was injured.

The order also schedules a four-day trial to begin July 30 in Kandiyohi County District Court. A pretrial hearing has also been scheduled for May 22.