A former Family Feud contestant is accused of killing his estranged wife.
Timothy W. Bliefnick39, was charged on March 13 with two counts of first-degree murder and home invasion in the death of Rebecca Blnick41, who was found dead at her Illinois home on Feb. 23, according to court documents.
“It was not a random act of violence,” Josh Joneslead attorney for the Adams County State’s Attorney, said at a news conference on March 13, according to People. “However, it is equally important to recognize the event for what it is: an act of domestic violence.”
Timothy’s lawyer Casey Schnack, however confirmed to E! News that her client plans to plead not guilty at his hearing later this month.
“We got off to a flying start preparing Tim’s defense and have spent most of our time preparing preliminary motions with certain pieces of evidence that we believe are out there,” Casey said. “We’ve spoken to several members of Tim’s family who stand behind him and can talk to his character. Tim maintains his presumption of innocence until a judge takes that away from him.”
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Timothy, who according to his lawyer had been separated from his wife for two years, appeared in a 2020 episode of Family Feud with his parents and siblings.
During the episode, host Steve Harvey asked Timothy, “What’s your biggest mistake you made at your wedding?” He replied, “Honey, I love you, but ‘I said.'”
“Not my fault, not my fault,” continued Timothy, who played soccer at Quincy University before becoming a sales manager. ‘I love my wife. I’m in trouble with that, isn’t it?’
After Fox News Digital first discovered the clip, his lawyer told the outlet, “It’s a game show. A stupid answer to a stupid question on a stupid show doesn’t make someone a murderer.”
As family and friends continue to mourn the loss of Rebecca, an online obituary confirms that she was a certified trauma nurse and sexual assault examiner.
And while Rebecca was dedicated to her professional life, her obituary says her greatest passion was being a mother to her three sons Deacon, Greyson And Arlinwhich she shared with Timothy.
“Her boys were her world, the greatest gifts of her life,” her obituary read. “She was the quintessential ‘boy mom’, aptly illustrated by building, for Halloween, Transformers costumes that really changed, creating custom ‘first day of school’ posters every year and jumping all in with fishing and frog hunting and all things sports. Her Catholic faith was of great importance and she worked diligently to instill her love for God in her boys.”
For more information about domestic violence or to get help for yourself or someone you love, visit The National Domestic Violence Hotline website (http://www.thehotline.org/) or call 1-800-799 -7233.