Defense attorneys for convicted killer Todd Kendhammer say the La Crosse County Circuit judge handling the case is biased and argue that he catered to the media during Kendhammer’s December trial.. They filed a motion Tuesday asking Judge Todd Bjerke to recuse himself before sentencing Kendhammer Friday. Kendhammer faces a life sentence for his conviction on a first-degree intentional homicide charge. He could be found eligible for release after a minimum of 20 years. The jury convicted him of killing his wife in September 2016. He had claimed a pipe fell off an oncoming truck and punched through the windshield of his vehicle, hitting his wife in the head. Investigators say he had beaten her to death and then tried to conceal the murder by staging a freak car accident.