Man convinces daughter to help murder mom and make it look like a suicide so he can stop paying child support
Both Lloyd and Karrie Neurauter have admitted to their parts in the murder which was committed so that he could avoid paying for child support
The police did have to try too hard to prove that Karrie Neurauter was complicit in the strangulation death of her mother, Michele, who was killed by father Lloyd Neurauter in her home in Corning, New York, in August 2017, so he could avoid paying her for child support.
According to People, in phone conversations tapped by authorities, Lloyd can be heard instructing his daughter to lie to detectives to throw them off track and possibly cry so they wouldn't suspect either her or him. "Tell them 'I’m sorry, I’ve got a counseling appointment back in New Jersey tonight, I’ve gotta get to my counseling appointment'," Lloyd can reportedly be heard telling his daughter.
"And tell them this has been really hard on you," he continued, adding, "Could you cry?" When she responded with, "I might," Lloyd elaborated and said, "You can cry and say 'I'm sorry I have to go'," before expressing how "it would be nice if it was then just over."
After the father-daughter duo was arrested in January this year, Karrie confessed to authorities that Lloyd had approached her in the summer of 2017 with an "ultimatum". She also revealed that her father wanted custody of the youngest of the three children he had with wife Michele but not pay child support.
A Steuben County District Attorney's Office press release on the same read, "She could either assist him with killing her mother, to free him from the financial burden of child support and alimony and give him custody of his youngest child — or he would kill himself."
Karrie also revealed her part in the murder, telling authorities that on the day of the murder, she drove her father to and from his home with Michele and unplugged electronic devices inside in order to hide any traces of her presence.
She said that while her father strangled Michele upstairs, she worked towards distracting her younger sister who was downstairs at the time and then she helped Lloyd stage the death to make it look like a suicide.
Karrie gave the confession as part of a plea deal where she admitted to one count of second-degree murder and agreed to testify against her father. Part of the plea included a stipulation that stated she would be sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.
During his hearing last month, Lloyd admitted to coercing his daughter and not wanting to pay his wife as part of their divorce agreement. He also confessed to the murder, suggesting he took the drastic step after first duking it out with Michele in a five-year custody battle for their 14-year-old daughter, and asking his sister to convince Karrie to change her testimony against him. He faces a prison sentence of a minimum of 25 years to life.