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Lake County man on trial for instructing foster daughter how to kill mom

 
Lake County man on trial for instructing foster daughter how to kill mom
Posted Tuesday, June 3rd 2014 @ 9am  by The Associated Press

PAINESVILLE, Ohio (AP) --A prosecutor tells a jury that a Lake County man started an affair with his teenage foster daughter and then conspired with the girl to kill his wife.

Prosecutor John O'Donnell told a Lake County jury on Monday that 43-year-old Kevin Knoefel even instructed his foster daughter how to stab 41-year-old Lisa Knoefel to cause the most internal damage.

O'Donnell said Kevin Knoefel wanted his wife out of the way and was afraid he'd lose custody of their 3-year-old daughter if they divorced.

Knoefel is charged with murder conspiracy.

Lisa Knoefel was killed on Nov. 16, 2012, allegedly by then-17-year-old Sabrina Zunich. Defense attorney Michael Connick told jurors that Zunich, now 19, is mentally ill and acted alone.

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