An Illinois man accused of murdering his wife once appeared on the game show “Family Feud” where he made a sinister joke about how he regrets getting married.
Timothy Bliefnick is accused of shooting and killing his estranged wife and mother of their three children, Becky Bliefnick, 41. She was found dead inside her Quincy home on February 23, 2023, after she failed to pick up her children from school, police said.
Years earlier, Bliefnick competed on “Family Feud” with his siblings and parents, and some of his comments have come under scrutiny in the wake of his arrest.
“What is the biggest mistake you made at your wedding?” asked host Steve Harvey in an episode that aired in January 2020.
“Darling, I love you,” blefnick saidturning to his wife before turning to Harvey and cautiously replying, “He said, ‘I do?'”.
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The response drew gasps and laughter from the studio audience.
“It’s not my mistake, it’s not my mistake, I love my wife,” Bliefnick emphasized. “I’m going to get in trouble for that, aren’t I?”
Timothy and Becky Bliefnick, a nurse and doting mother, were married in 2009. They had been separated for several years and were going through a divorce at the time of Becky’s murder. According to documents cited by the KHQA, Becky had previously filed a restraining order against her husband and father.
Bliefnick, in turn, filed his own restraining order against Becky.
“This is an act of domestic violence. All victims must be seen, heard and believed,” Assistant State’s Attorney Josh Jones said in a statement. “While our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Rebecca Bliefnick and her children, our focus and efforts continue to bring her killer to justice.”
On Tuesday, Bliefnick made his first court appearance in Adams County, but pleaded no guilty. He has maintained his innocence in the murder.
His attorney, Casey Schnack, told Fox News that was preparing a series of court documents “to protect their interests and preserve their constitutional rights.”