COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) A South Carolina judge has overturned a death sentence for a man convicted of killing his estranged wife while awaiting trial on charges he had raped and kidnapped her.
Prosecutors said Monday a judge had instead opted to sentence Louis Winkler to life in prison, citing errors made by his defense attorney at trial. State prison officials said Monday that Winkler was still on death row, and it wasn’t immediately clear when he would be moved to a different cell.
Winkler was sentenced in 2008 after he was convicted of murder and first-degree burglary in the death of his wife, Rebekah Grainger Winkler, in her Little River apartment.
Winker was under house arrest at the time of the 2005 shooting on charges of kidnapping and sexually assaulting his wife. But a judge released him on bond in 2006, and Winkler