WAUPACA (WAOW) - An Oklahoma man charged in a 1990 sexual assault and considered a person of interest in a 1992 double murder has asked for a new judge to handle his trial on the sexual assault charge.
Glendon Gouker, 41, had been scheduled to enter a plea to the assault charge on Wednesday but exercised his right to seek a different judge. According to court records, Waupaca County Circuit Judge Philip Kirk was replaced by Judge John Hoffmann. No new date was immediately set for Gouker to enter a plea.
Gouker was charged with first-degree sexual assault in an attack on a then 20-year-old woman in November 1990 in Iola. Court records say Gouker lived in the area at the time and moved to Oklahoma in 1993.
The break in the case came in 2011, when DNA evidence was resubmitted to the state crime lab for analysis as part of an ongoing investigation into the 1992 fatal stabbings of 23-year-old Tanna Togstad and 35-year-old Tim Mumbrue. State investigators say Gouker was found to be a contributor to the DNA linked to victim in the sexual assault.
Investigators say Gouker remains a person of interest in the 1992 slayings.