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Former Miss Kauai killed in stabbing at Indiana home


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POSTED: Thursday, June 25, 2009

Eleven days before she planned to move back home, former Miss Kauai Angela Warnock was stabbed to death in front of her 8- and 12-year-old daughters in Indiana, her brother said yesterday.

; On Sunday her estranged husband, Joseph Warnock, entered his former home in Brownsburg, Ind., through a patio door about midnight and allegedly stabbed his wife to death with a steak knife.

She was in bed with her two daughters at the time. Police said the girls ran into a closet and hid there for at least 15 minutes while their father was in the home.

“;Daddy stabbed Mommy,”; the 12-year-old said in a 911 call once her father left the house, the Associated Press reported.

Joseph Warnock, 41, was arrested Monday following a manhunt in the neighborhood and was being held without bail in Hendricks County Jail. He was charged yesterday with murder and invasion of privacy, and for violating a temporary protective order issued to his wife.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges but is restricted from having any contact with his children, according to WISH Channel 8.

The couple was married for 13 years and both attended Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis. Angela Warnock, Miss Kauai 1990, received a temporary protective order on May 27 against her husband for herself and her children, according to records filed in Hendricks County Superior Court.

Last Thursday, she was granted a two-year extension of the order and a day later filed for divorce, according to records. Her husband opposed the order and fought for possession of their home and custody of their children, but the court denied his appeal, records said.

Angela Warnock's brother, Benjamin Miller, said in a telephone interview from Indiana yesterday that his sister planned to move back to Kauai with her two daughters on July 2.

“;Her stuff is already arriving at my parents' house on Kauai,”; he said.

Angela Warnock's family flew to Indiana yesterday and is staying with friends and relatives to watch over the two girls.

“;Angie was stunningly beautiful on the outside, but she was the most radiant, beautiful person on the inside and anyone that ever met her just loved her,”; said Miller. “;She cared about everybody so much and everyone who knew her here is heartbroken.”;

Angela Warnock was born in Indiana but attended St. Catherine's School in Kapaa as a child. According to Miller, she was a “;typical Kauai girl”; who enjoyed going to the beach and horseback riding.

In 1990 she entered her first beauty pageant and won the title of Miss Kauai, which inspired her to model in Milan, Italy, for a short while. Two years later, Hurricane Iniki devastated the island and Angela moved to Indiana, where she met her husband.

Angela became a hands-on mom and was passionate about coaching her daughter's basketball team, said Miller.

“;She treated those girls like princesses. She would do anything for her little girls, which is why she was going to come back to Hawaii to get a better life for them,”; said Miller. “;We're going to do everything we can to make sure the girls have the life that Angie wanted them to have.”;

The Associated Press contributed to this report.