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NE Ohio man charged in murder plot due in court

PAINESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio man is set to be arraigned Friday on charges alleging he plotted with a romantically involved teenage foster daughter to kill his wife.

The indictment returned by a Lake County grand jury charged 43-year-old Kevin Knoefel (keh-NAY'-fel) of Willoughby Hills with conspiracy to commit aggravated murder and complicity to aggravated murder. His 41-year-old wife, Lisa, was found stabbed to death in their home last November.

Their 18-year-old foster daughter also has been held in the case.

The indictment says Knoefel and the teen were romantically involved. He's charged with sexual battery stemming from his role as a foster father.

Knoefel's attorney, Michael Connick, tells The Plain Dealer in Cleveland ( ) he's reluctant to comment on the case because he doesn't want to taint potential jurors.

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