PAINESVILLE, Ohio--As the graphic details of his wife's death took center stage at the murder conspiracy trial of 43-year-old Kevin Knoefel, the defendant showed little emotion, but did look away when certain autopsy photos of his wife were shown to the jury.
Lake County prosecutors say Kevin Knoefel seduced his foster daughter, Sabrina Zunich, now 19 years old, and later convinced her to kill his wife, 41-year-old Lisa Knoefel, at the couple's home in Willoughby Hills in November 2012.
A forensic pathologist with the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office testified that Lisa Knoefel was stabbed 178 times. Dr. Joseph Felo said, "This is the most number of stab and incise wounds that I've ever seen in my almost 17 full years of forensic pathology."
Prosecutors also presented the testimony of some of Lisa Knoefel's co-workers, who described Kevin Knoefel's behavior in the days after his wife was murdered.
Erika Gaiter, who was Lisa Knoefel's supervisor at Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services, told the jury, "I assumed that he would appear sorrowful or appear upset, some type of emotion in regards to Lisa being murdered, and I didn't see that."
Co-workers attending a service for Lisa Knoefel were stunned when they said Kevin Knoefel asked mourners two different times to pray for his wife's accused killer, Sabrina Zunich. Kayleen Lessmann said, "Asking for prayers twice to the person who just murdered your wife, four days after she was killed is inappropriate to me."
An insurance company official testified that Kevin Knoefel filed a claim on his wife’s life insurance policy, just hours after she was murdered. Prosecutors say Knoefel collected a total of $785,000 from various policies.