Courtesy Bill and Aquilla Schafer
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    Kelle Lee Jarka and his wife Isabelle seemed a picture-perfect couple. The two had been married for 19 years until tragedy struck in April 2008. Kelle Jarka said he returned from running errands and found his wife bludgeoned to death. While Jarka claimed it was a burglary gone wrong, law enforcement called Jarka the killer and charged him with her murder.
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    Reflecting on when he met his wife, Kelle Jarka talked about Isabelle's big brown eyes. The two met as teens through their church. "Our dream was to grow old and be a happy old couple together," Jarka told ABC News' 20/20.
    Courtesy Laura McGraw
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    Isabelle's sister, Laura McGraw, remembers a teenage Kelle Jarka trying to catch her sister's attention. "Kelle was always pursuing Isabelle. He was trying everything. And so, you know, we just figured that he must be a really nice guy," she told 20/20.
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    Kelle and Isabelle Jarka were devoted Jehovah's Witnesses who focused on their faith before starting a family. They waited seven years to have their first child, daughter Allee. "When Allee came around, their life seemed fantastic. They were happy," Paul McGraw, Isabelle's brother-in-law told 20/20. In 2007, the Jarka's welcomed their second child, son Jadon.
    Courtesy Bill and Aquilla Schafer
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    Kelle Jarka worked as a contractor in California to support Isabelle and their children. His sister, Aquilla Schafer, told ABC News' 20/20, "He always put [Isabelle] first in his life."
    Courtesy Bill and Aquilla Schafer
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    The Jarkas were approaching their 20th wedding anniversary. They devoted more than 100 hours a month to their congregation, where Kelle was an elder.
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    The day before Isabelle's murder, Jarka took his wife to the hills of De Luz, Calif., to show her a home under construction. He told her that he wanted it for their family. According to their daughter Allee's testimony, Isabelle made a remark hinting at divorce.
    Courtesy Murrieta, Calif., Police Department
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    Isabelle's mother, Tina Canchola, photographed here with Isabelle, was very close and lived across the street from the Jarkas. She told ABC News' 20/20 that she suspected her son-in-law immediately when she learned of Isabelle's murder. "Right away I figured that he had killed her," she said.
    Courtesy Laura McGraw
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    Law enforcement quickly zeroed in on Jarka as a suspect. During their investigation, police uncovered circumstantial evidence which led them to believe he was Isabelle's killer. On Jarka's laptop, authorities found there were searches on how to kill someone. Also, just prior to Isabelle's death, a life insurance policy was taken out on Isabelle for $1.3 million. Three weeks after Isabelle's death, Jarka was charged with her murder.
    Courtesy Murrieta, Calif., Police Department
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    On the morning of Isabelle's murder, Jarka claims he took his white Lexus SUV to run errands. He said when he returned from getting coffee and diapers, he found his wife murdered.
    Courtesy Murrieta, Calif., Police Department
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    Isabelle was attacked in the couple's bedroom. A look inside shows drawers which appear to be ransacked, but law enforcement officers say they believe Jarka staged a fake burglary.
    Courtesy Murrieta, Calif., Police Department
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    A closer look at one of the bedroom drawers shows a wad of bills exposed and in plain sight. Authorities argue that if this was a real burglary, why would the burglars leave the cash?
    Courtesy Murrieta, Calif., Police Department
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    Jarka was convicted of murder and his children have been adopted by Isabelle's sister, Laura McGraw, and husband, Paul McGraw. To this day, Kelle Jarka maintains his innocence.
    Courtesy Bill and Aquilla Schafer
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