Strangulation trial set to begin Monday in Racine

CREATED Apr. 27, 2013

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RACINE, Wis. - A request from a Racine man, accused of strangling a retired school teacher as she handed out quarters at a laundromat, to watch his upcoming trial via closed-circuit television has been denied.

Public defender Travis Schwantes told a judge Friday that Wilbert Thomas does not want to be present for the trial because of all the publicity in the case, but Judge Tim Boyle has denied the request, and ordered Thomas to be present when the trial starts Monday.

Sixty-seven-year-old Sandra Teichow was murdered in October 2010 at a Racine laundromat.