The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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August 17, 2013

Willoughby Hills man arraigned in murder plot against wife

PAINESVILLE — A Willoughby Hills man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he plotted with a romantically involved teenage foster daughter to kill his wife.

A judge in Lake County set $5 million bond Friday for 43-year-old Kevin Knoefel. He pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit aggravated murder and complicity to aggravated murder.

His 41-year-old wife, Lisa, was found stabbed to death in their home last November.

Their 18-year-old foster daughter has been charged with murder.

The indictment says Knoefel and the teen were romantically involved. He’s charged with sexual battery stemming from his role as a foster father.

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