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January 23, 2014

Man pleads not guilty to woman's murder

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Eric Knoll, an auto mechanic who previously has worked as a licensed practical nurse, said he was married to Lucinda for almost eight years. Knoll, who wasn’t in court Wednesday, didn’t comment on the criminal case but said it was a “dream come true” that both sons again are living with him.

“They obviously loved their mother,” Knoll said. “I love my boys, and I’m glad I have them — and I’m glad they don’t have to live around Mr. Danielson.”

Eric Knoll described himself as outgoing and Lucinda as shy. He attributed their separation in part to differences in personality and interests but also said Danielson “sweet-talked her” into leaving him. Joey had decided years ago that he wanted to live with the Knolls in Oxford, the family said, and recently he has been joined by Kurt.

Knoll said he was saddened by his former wife’s death and has difficulty with the circumstances. He went to the hospital to see Lucinda, talk to her and say goodbye, he said, though he knew she was “brain dead.”

“I thanked her for the two beautiful boys and told her I would do my best to raise them right,” Knoll said. ‘‘I am sad she’s gone.”

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