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Murder suspect turns down guilty plead offer

40-year-old Anthony Goffinet was charged with murder, intimidation, and neglect of a dependent in June 2012. 40-year-old Anthony Goffinet was charged with murder, intimidation, and neglect of a dependent in June 2012.
26-year-old Kathleen Goffinet was allegedly stabbed to death by her husband in June 2012. 26-year-old Kathleen Goffinet was allegedly stabbed to death by her husband in June 2012.

An Evansville murder suspect has declined an offer to plead guilty in the stabbing death of his pregnant wife.

According to Kyle Phernetton with the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor's Office, 40-year-old Anthony Goffinet was offered a 60-year sentence if he pleaded guilty to the murder. Officials say he turned that offer down on Thursday.

Investigators say he stabbed his pregnant wife, 26-year-old Kathleen Goffinet, outside of a restaurant off Green River Road in 2012.

Police say the couple's three-year-old child was present at the time.  

An autopsy revealed Kathleen bled to death from a stab wound to the right upper chest.

The coroner says she was two to three months pregnant at the time of her death.

Kathleen also leaves behind a one-year-old child. 

Goffinet's charges include murder, intimidation, and neglect of a dependent. According to officials, all three charges will have habitual offender enhancements.

Goffinet will face a jury trial in Vanderburgh Superior Court on November 18.

If the jury finds Goffinet guilty of murder, he faces 45-65 years. With the habitual offender enhancement, that sentence would double.

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