Ariz. Man Twice Tried to Hire ‘Hit Man’ to Murder Wife

By Rachel Katz

Feb 26, 2013 4:03pm

An Arizona millionaire is being held on multiple charges after he allegedly attempted to hire a hit man to murder his wife, then tried it again while he was in custody awaiting trial on the first charge, according to police.

Fred Knadler, 75, was indicted on two additional counts of conspiracy to commit murder after he was “actively soliciting people while in custody” to murder his wife and former employee Patrick King, according to Sergeant Steve Martos of Phoenix Police Department.

Knadler was first arrested in January, 2012, after he tried to hire King, an employee of his bathroom door company, to murder his wife, Libia Knadler, 66, police allege.

King reported the incident to police and Knadler has been in custody at the Lower Buckeye Jail since then, awaiting trial.

“I can only speculate, but King was an employee of his [Knadler] and an employee he trusted and someone he thought he could manipulate,” says Ed Novack, attorney for Libia Knadler.

However, in early January 2013, police became aware of a second murder conspiracy involving Knadler while he was in jail. According to Martos, “An undercover Phoenix Police Detective met with Mr. Knadler who then offered to pay $10,000 to have both victims (Libia Knadler and Patrick King) killed.”

On February 20, Knadler was indicted on two additional counts of conspiracy to commit murder.

Novack, who is representing Libia Knadler in a civil suit for the damages of intentional infliction for murder and emotional distress, says that “Libby continues to be very fearful and concerned for her life.”

Novack says their divorce is still not settled and Fred is “dragging his feet” on producing the financial data needed for the divorce, which has millions at stake.

ABC News reached out to King, but he had no comment.

 

 

 

 

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