A man accused of jokingly killing his wife on a TV show after pretending the marriage was a mistake has denied murder.
Timothy Blifnik, 39, said he did not shoot his wife, Rebecca Blifnik, 41, who was found dead Feb 23 at their home in Quincy, Illinois, reports Metro.
Her body was discovered when she failed to pick up her three children from school and a family member went to check on her.
She was in the midst of divorce proceedings at the time and was living separately from her husband, Timothy Blifnik, reports Metro.
He pleaded not guilty in Adams County Court on Friday, one day after being indicted by a county grand jury.
Last week, old footage from Blifnik’s stint on the US game show Family Feud, which was taped in the winter of 2019 and aired in the spring of 2020, resurfaced.
Host Steve Harvey asks dads to predict the most common response to the question, “What’s the biggest mistake you made at your wedding?”
Blifnik turned to his 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,” reports Metro.
Prosecutors called the tragedy “an act of domestic violence”, with assistant state’s attorney Josh Jones adding: “Every victim needs to be seen, heard and believe,” reports Metro.
Rebecca, a nurse, filed a restraining order against her ex-husband and her father, before Blifnick retaliated with a restraining order from her.
One of 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,” reports Metro.
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