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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Kevin Knoefel Found Guilty Of Plotting Wife's Murder

Posted By on Wed, Jun 11, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Kevin Knoefel, top left, convinced his foster daughter Sabrina Zunich, bottom left, to kill his wife. The murder was the subject of a September 2013 Scene cover story
  • Kevin Knoefel, top left, convinced his foster daughter Sabrina Zunich, bottom left, to kill his wife. The murder was the subject of a September 2013 Scene cover story

In Nov. 2012, 18-year-old Sabrina Zunich stabbed her foster mother 178 times, brutally killing Lisa Knoefel in front of the the 41-year-old's teenage and infant daughters. Today in a Lake County courtroom, a jury agreed with prosecutors that Kevin Knoefel convinced his foster daughter to kill her.

Kevin Knoefel was convicted on each of the 11 charges he faced: two counts of conspiracy to commit aggravated murder, three counts of complicity to aggravated murder and six counts of sexual battery based on a sexual relationship he had with the girl.

The death of Lisa Knoefel and troubled life of Sabrina Zunch was featured in a September 2013 cover story in Scene called "Worth More Dead Than Alive," a title based on what Kevin Knoefel allegedly said regarding the life insurance payouts he'd get should his wife die.

The News Herald did a great job covering the trial. Click here for today's post on the guilty verdict, and check out these posts for their daily coverage of the trial:

"Willoughby Hills man accused of accused of plotting wife's murder with foster daughter on trial" (June 2)

"Willoughby Hills man acted 'inappropriate' after wife's murder, victim's friends testify" (June 3)

"Willoughby Hills man's former friend testifies against him in murder conspiracy trial" (June 4)

"Willoughby Hills man's foster daughter testifies in murder conspiracy trial" (June 5)

"Police informant takes stand in murder conspiracy trial" (June 6)

"State rests against Willoughby Hills man in murder conspiracy trial" (June 9)

"Closing arguments delivered in murder conspiracy trial of Willoughby Hills man" (June 10)

"Kevin Knoefel guilty on all counts in WIlloughby Hills murder conspiracy" (June 11)

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