UPDATE: Woodbury man charged with second-degree murder in wife's death
Updated 3:30 p.m., Feb. 1, to include new information.
WOODBURY — A Woodbury man who was on trial for alleged sexual assault of children was charged Friday with second-degree murder with intent in the death of his wife, according to a criminal complaint.
Julie Kneifl, 72, was found dead Thursday morning with a deep laceration to her neck. Harvey Kneifl, 72, was also found in the shower of one of the bathrooms with a neck wound. There were two knives on the floor next to him.
The Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office has ruled the death of Julie Kneifl as a homicide. Harvey Kneifl was transported by paramedics to Regions Hospital in St. Paul with what were believed to be self-inflicted injuries, and he is expected to survive.
He is currently hospitalized but will be booked upon release and held on a $1 million bail.
Harvey Kneifl was due to appear at 9 a.m. in Washington County Courts to receive the verdict on a criminal trial. He was charged in 2017 with six counts of sexual assault for alleged conduct against multiple minors while working as a school bus attendant for District 833. When he did not appear, the court asked Woodbury Public Safety to check on him.
Upon arrival at the Kneifls' apartment building at Saint Therese Senior Services, 7555 Bailey Road, police and building staff did not get a response at his door. Building staff entered the apartment to find Harvey Kneifl and a his wife with "significant" injuries.
The trial for the 2017 sexual assault charges is expected to continue in March.
The incident was not random and there is no threat to the public, Woodbury Police Commander John Altman said Thursday.
Woodbury police detectives, along with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office, continue to investigate.