Businessman Dies Before Murder for Hire Trial 9/17/13
SAN ANTONIO - A prominent San Antonio businessman and TV pitchman who
had been awaiting trial for allegedly trying to hire a hit man to kill his
estranged wife has died of heart problems related to lung cancer.
The San Antonio Express-News reports Michael Yuchnitz (YUK'-nitz) was found
dead this past weekend in a hotel parking lot after having collapsed.
The 60-year-old's official cause of death was cardiomyopathy, with lung
cancer listed as a contributing factor.
Yuchnitz, known for sporting colorful outfits in television commercials for
his optical and tattoo shops, had been set to go on trial in March. He had been
free on bond.
His wife, Tina Yuchnitz, filed for divorce after learning of the alleged
plot against her. A jury in 2012 recommended the couple split their assets