Oct 14, 1995, Monfils Homicide: Winkler defends interviews Pg 1
(akgWSOIXalS Winkler: Techniques necessary By Anne Klemm Press-Gazette Press-Gazette Press-Gazette A detective who's been the lightning rod for complaints by witnesses in the Tom Monfils murder case took the stand himself Friday. Sgt. Randy Winkler testified that some of the complaints about his interviews stem from police interview techniques. "I did become aggressive toward people people to gain information," Winkler testified. testified. That's sometimes necessary to get information from reluctant sources, he said. Several witnesses have testified rWinkler put words in their mouths or ': pressured them into talking about the case. Such remarks about Winkler were a concern for prosecutors, Brown County District Attorney John Zakowski said after court. Prosecutors put Winkler on the stand both because they thought the jury would want to hear from him and to allow him to address those concerns, Zakowski said. Winkler got "the opportunity to explain the difficulties the police encountered encountered in investigating the case," Zakowski said. That included witnesses who felt intimidated intimidated or were afraid to give information, Zakowski said. Please see WinklerA-2 WinklerA-2 WinklerA-2 The Monfils trial f a :: mills ' 1 3 Press-Gazette Press-Gazette Press-Gazette photo by Ken Wesely No apologies: Sgt. Randy Winkler testified Friday he was "aggressive" with some witnesses in the Tom Monfils homicide case, but a prosecutor says he had to be to get reluctant witnesses to talk. Some witnesses had complained about his tactics earlier in the trial.