the wife of a man who once appeared family Feud He was reportedly afraid she would hurt him before he shot her dead.
Forty-nine-year-old Timothy Blifnik currently faces trial at the Adam County Courthouse in Quincy for the murder of his wife, Rebecca “Becky” Blifnik. At the time of Blifnik’s death on February 23, the couple were going through a bitter divorce and a contentious court battle for custody of their three sons.
Blifnik’s body was found in the bathroom of her home after she did not show up at her children’s school pickup. Investigators testified in court that the suspected killer opened the Blifnik’s second-floor window with a crowbar and shot her 14 times.
Two years before his murder, Blifnik issued a dire warning to his sister, noting that, “If something ever[ed] For me, sure the No. 1 person of interest is Tim. Testifying for the prosecution on Tuesday, Blifnik’s sister Sarah Reilly said the three children killed had sent the text in 2021, the same year Blifnik filed for divorce.
“I am putting it in writing that I fear he will harm me in some way, come after me, or try [do] There is something in me that takes me away from the children or the children from me,” the text presented during Ms Reilly’s testimony according to a local news station KHQA.
“He has already lied several times to portray himself as the victim and me as the perpetrator, when it is quite the opposite.”
Prosecutors argued during the first week of the trial that Blifnik was a victim of domestic violence at the hands of her estranged husband. She filed a restraining order against Mr. Blifnik and her father, before Mr. Blifnik filed one against her as well.
A text Blifnik sent to a friend in May 2021 also read: “He has yelled in my face, he has pushed me in front of the kids, and thrown things across the room where the kids and I were standing.”
Another friend of Blifnik’s testified Tuesday that the slain nurse admitted that Mr. Blifnik allegedly told her “she’ll die first.” [having] any of [his] Money.” According to the couple’s divorce attorney, who testified before the jury earlier this week, Mr Blifnik was expected to pay $2,100 in maintenance and $472 a month in child support.
On Thursday, former police officer Gary Collins told the court that he met Blifonix when he lived in Illinois. KHQA, Mr Collins said he advised Blifnik to get a restraining order against her husband, as he said if anything happened to her, it would be Mr Blifnik’s fault.
At the time of Blifnik’s murder, there was a court order to return a gun to Mr. Blifnik. He reportedly told police he didn’t want to do it himself but law enforcement said they couldn’t get involved because it was a court order.
Meanwhile, investigators have revealed that they found chilling searches for “how to launder ammo,” “average police response time,” and “how to open a door with a crowbar.”
Adams County Assistant State’s Attorney Josh Jones said shell casings found in Mr. Blifnick’s basement matched those found near his wife’s body. Crime scene investigators reportedly found Becky’s DNA in an Aldi bag found at her husband’s home.
Another Aldi bag found at the scene was reportedly used by the killer as a homemade gun silencer.
Mr Blifnik was arrested on one count of murder and one count of home invasion more than two weeks after his wife was killed. He has denied any involvement in the crime and pleaded not guilty ahead of the start of his trial on Monday.
If convicted, he faces from 45 years to life in prison.