WILLOUGHBY HILLS, Ohio - The husband of a Lake County woman found stabbed to death last November has been charged with plotting to kill her after repeatedly having sex with the couple's foster daughter.
Lisa Knoefel was fatally stabbed in her family’s Chagrin Drive home on Nov. 16, 2012 in Willoughby Hills.
Immediately after the murder, the couple's foster daughter Sabrina Zunich, 19, was arrested and is being held in connection with the stabbing death.
Now, a Lake County grand jury has indicted Lisa Knoefel's husband, Kevin Knoefel, 43, on two counts of conspiracy to commit aggravated murder and three counts of complicity to commit aggravated murder.
In addition, Knoefel faces six counts of sexual battery involving his foster daughter, who was 18 years old at the time of the murder last year.
According to the indictment, Knoefel is charged with engaging in intercourse with Zunich on the day of the murder, in addition to occasions before and after his wife's murder.
Prosecutors believe Knoefel planned the murder beginning in August 2012 along with Zunich.
The indictment alleges that Knoefel engaged in discussions with his foster daughter and devised multiple plans to murder his wife while she slept in her bedroom.
He allegedly told Zunich that his wife was "worth more dead than alive" and the two allegedly agreed that Zunich would kill her foster mother by "stabbing her to death."
Prosecutors state in the indictment that Knoefel "directed Sabrina Zunich as to the specific knife to use to stab" his wife and "demonstrated how Sabrina Zunich should stab" her. Prosecutors also state Knoefel showed Zunich "how to twist the knife" into his wife's body.
According to the indictment, the two agreed to stab the woman in the "shoulder blades" or "neck area" and then "make the death look like a burglary."
Prosecutors say the pair "agreed that if apprehended by police," Zunich "would say she did not remember what happened or would claim insanity."
Zunich's case has not yet been presented to the grand jury and she remains incarcerated in the Lake County Jail.
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