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Husband of murdered social worker pleads not guilty

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Kevin D. Knoefel (Source: Lake County Sheriffs Office) Kevin D. Knoefel (Source: Lake County Sheriffs Office)

A Willoughby Hills man accused of playing a role in the murder of his wife, pled not guilty in Lake County Common Pleas Court Friday afternoon.

Kevin Knoefel is facing 11 charges; including, conspiracy to commit aggravated murder and sexual battery.

Knoefel's wife, Lisa, was stabbed to death last November in the couple's Willoughby Hills home.

The couple's foster child, Sabrina Zunich, is charged with murder.

Prosecutors believe Knoefel and Zunich were in a romantic relationship. 

According to the indictment, Knoefel was the alleged mastermind behind his wife's murder.

The indictment says Knoefel told his foster daughter to stab his wife at night while she was sleeping, and even showed her which knife to use.

"The defendant demonstrated how Sabrina Zunich should stab Lisa Knoefel and how to twist the knife in Lisa Knoefel's body," said Patrick Condon, Lake County Assistant Prosecutor.

He also advised her to rummage through her jewelry and leave the front door open to make it look like a burglary.

In court Friday, Knoefel's defense team said their client could of left the country before his arrest and asked bond to be set at $750,000 bond. However, Prosecutors wanted a $5 million bond for Knoefel and that's what the judge ordered.

Prosecutors claim after his wife's murder, Knoefel used insurance money to pay off his house, buy several cars and start flight school.

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