9/11 Videographer Re-Charged For Wife's Shooting Death
Kurt Sonnenfeld Once Again Faces First-Degree Murder Charge
5:25 AM, Sep 2, 2004
Police in Argentina have arrested a Denver man for the alleged murder of his wife two years ago.
Kurt Sonnenfeld faces a first-degree murder charge in the shooting death of his wife.
Kurt Sonnenfeld, 41, was released from police custody back in 2002 when investigators said they didn't have the evidence to charge him. His wife, Nancy Sonnenfeld, 36, was found shot in in the couple's bedroom on New Year's Day 2002.Kurt Sonnenfeld said that she had committed suicide. He pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murder charge, but the day before his trial was set to begin, District Attorney Bill Ritter dismissed the case, saying that there was not enough evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.However, Ritter did not close the investigation. After interviewing additional witnesses, obtaining more forensic evidence and gathering more blood work, Ritter filed an at-large arrest warrant in December 2003 for Sonnenfeld, which was distributed nationally and globally.Late last month, Sonnenfeld was found living in Buenos Aires. He was arrested Aug. 31.Nancy Sonnefeld's family spoke Thursday, saying that the last time they saw her was Christmas 2001, when they learned that the couple's nine-year marriage was crumbling.Nancy had filed for legal separation after Kurt developed a drug and drinking problem, Nancy's friends and relatives said.Amy Leek, Nancy's sister, was upset that when Nancy was hurt and taken to the hospital, Kurt never informed her. Leek said Nancy was at the hospital for several hours, yet because Leek didn't know about the shooting, she couldn't share those last moments with her big sister and best friend. Leek said she learned about her sister's death by hearing it on the radio several hours later.Kurt Sonnenfeld had said that he was checking his e-mail in his bedroom after Nancy and he returned home in the early morning hours of New Year's Day when he heard a gunshot.Police had initially ruled out a suicide because it appeared that Nancy had been shot in the back of her head. The coroner's report said that the bullet entered about 2 inches above and behind her right ear. Police also noted that the .45-caliber handgun was on the floor 6 to 8 feet away from Nancy.Kurt Sonnenfeld was a FEMA videographer who documented disaster sites, including the Sept 11 attacks in New York. He and his team spent three weeks videotaping Ground Zero, and were widely recognized and respected for that work.Sonnenfeld will remain in custody in Argentina pending extradition.