KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kara Huff was ready to start a new life with her fiancé, Brian Kile.
He had proposed just three days before deputies were called to Huff's Raymore house, where they discovered a gruesome murder.
Her estranged husband, John W. Adams, is accused of breaking in on Friday and fatally stabbing Kile.
"He was beside me no matter what," Huff said of Kile, her voice breaking.
On Tuesday, Adams entered a plea of not guilty on murder and armed criminal action charges in Cass County. Court documents show Adams told deputies, "whatever force he used, he used in self-defense." The probable cause statement claims Adams' story doesn't line up with the crime scene evidence and the autopsy.
Only eight days before the stabbing, Adams pleaded guilty in a different case. He was arrested four times in a two-year period for domestic assault.
Huff said she did not initially fear for her safety when Adams was released from jail because she thought her estranged husband had learned his lesson to stay away.