Man in USA Jokes About Marriage Being a Mistake, Accused of Killing Wife
Timothy Bliefnick, 39, has been charged with killing his wife (Pictures:Family Feud/Adams County Jail)
A man accused of killing his estranged wife joked about marriage being a mistake on a TV game show four years before her death.
Rebecca Bliefnick, 41, was found shot at her home in the city of Quincy, Illinois, on February 23.
Her body was discovered after she had not shown up to collect her three sons from school and a family member went to check on her.
She was in the middle of divorce proceedings at the time, and lived separately from her husband Timothy Bliefnick.
Bliefnick, 39, was arrested on Monday and charged with killing her and home invasion on Tuesday, according to ABC.
Now footage has re-emerged of Bliefnick’s stint on the US game show Family Feud – recorded in winter 2019 and aired in spring 2020.
Host Steve Harvey asked the dad to predict the most common answer to the question: ‘What’s the biggest mistake you made at your wedding?’
Bliefnick will remain in custody until his next hearing (Picture: Family Feud/Adams County Jail)
Bliefnick addressed his own wife, saying ‘honey I love you’ before he told Steve: ‘Said, “I do”?’
He quickly added: ‘Not my mistake, not my mistake. I love my wife. I’m going to get in trouble for that aren’t I?’ Harvey replied: ‘It’s going to be a lot of hell to pay at your house.’
Bliefnick appeared at Adams County Courthouse on Tuesday but he has not yet entered a plea. He will remain in custody until his next hearing.
Prosecutors labelled the tragedy ‘an act of domestic violence’, with assistant state’s attorney Josh Jones adding: ‘Every victim needs to be seen, heard and believed.’
Rebecca, a nurse, had filed a restraining order against her estranged husband and his dad before Bliefnick hit back with a restraining order of his own.
His lawyer insists his client is innocent, telling Fox News Digital: ‘The state’s attorney’s office needs a narrative. It appears that domestic violence is that narrative.’
Bliefnick has not previously been arrested and the couple’s children have never been removed from the home.
Rebecca’s sister is currently fundraising for the funeral and childcare costs.
The grieving relative wrote: ‘Despite the circumstances of her death, she is remembered for the life she cherished – a life of compassion, generosity, faith, and fierce love for her family.
‘She leaves behind three young children and an entire community who loved her more than anything.’
The case continues.
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