"He was going to buy her a $1.7 million house in Ponte Vedra," Finnell said. Digital access or digital and print delivery. Earlier Thursday, both Reuschel and Susan Reuschel, the wife he was accused of trying to murder, were portrayed as liars in closing arguments by both the prosecution and the defense. "She played him — she said she was willing to work on the marriage.". Michael Reuschel was found guilty of trying to kill his wife with a paring knife, a jury decided late Thursday afternoon. "We’re satisfied with the way the evidence was presented and we certainly respect the jury’s decision," Assistant State Attorney Sean Brewer said after the verdict. She was taken to the hospital and survived. Gainesville Sun ~ 2700 SW 13th St., Gainesville, FL 32608 ~ Do Not Sell My Personal Information ~ Cookie Policy ~ Do Not Sell My Personal Information ~ Privacy Policy ~ Terms Of Service ~ Your California Privacy Rights / Privacy Policy. Choose the plan that’s right for you. Reuschel owned Ocala Dental Care and, according to court documents, was a former University of Florida walk-on football player and member of the Warrington College of Business advisory board. She starts an argument," Finnell said. Susan Reuschel had stab wounds to her stomach, wrist and neck that prosecutors say Reuschel caused. Back in February 2018, Michael Reuschel was arrested for the attempted murder of his wife, Susan Reuschel. Defense attorney Ann Finnell described Susan Reuschel as a heavy drinker who tried to control her husband and felt she was losing that control in the relationship. Besides the attempted murder charge, jurors found him guilty of imprisonment and tampering with evidence. All rights reserved. When she continued to live, Byron added, Reuschel realized he needed an explanation and made up a story about an intruder. Sheriff's deputies found her bleeding from several stab wounds in the bedroom of the couple's home in Haile Plantation. She is getting teed up. Defense attorney Finnell said Susan Reuschel was injured during a scuffle over the knife. "We will wait to see the pre-sentence investigation and then we’ll make a determination on what to recommend. Assistant State Attorney David Byron said Reuschel, 63, stabbed Susan Reuschel the night of Feb. 2, 2018, because she wanted a divorce and he feared she would get half his money. He waited 25 minutes to call 911 while his wife was bleeding in the bed. "She’s drinking to excess. Reuschel told his wife "we’re going to wait here until you die," Byron said. "This is about giving up half his fortune. Reuschel could get a maximum of 50 years in prison, including 30 for the attempted murder count. He was arrested Feb. 3, 2018 by Alachua County sheriff’s deputies, who went to the couple’s Haile Plantation home after Reuschel called 911. She said Susan Reuschel was the only person who could have brought the Wusthof paring knife into the bedroom. Your California Privacy Rights / Privacy Policy. Original content available for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons license, except where noted. A pre-sentence investigation was ordered and Reuschel will learn his fate after that. This is about cold and deadly violence rather than give up half his fortune," Byron said, adding that Reuschel’s version of the night "is just not credible — it’s fantastical.". © Gannett Co., Inc. 2020. Michael Reuschel was found guilty of trying to kill his wife with a paring knife, a jury decided late Thursday afternoon. "We … know she is the only one who could stage this.". Jurors spent more than four hours deliberating, after leaving the courtroom about 1 p.m. to consider the evidence against Reuschel and all they’d heard. Circuit Judge William Davis presided over the trial and will decide Reuschel’s sentence. The prosecution’s contention that Reuschel did not want to share his money is ridiculous, Finnell argued.

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