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George Tiaffay's sister, Maria McGrew, speaks about the death of Shauna Tiaffay's and her brother's background. George Tiaffay's sister, Maria McGrew, speaks about the death of Shauna Tiaffay's and her brother's background.

LAS VEGAS -- There are two sides to every story, but in the weeks following the beating death of Shauna Tiaffay, only her family and friends were speaking out.

The I-Team had an exclusive interview with the sister of George Tiaffay, Shauna's estranged husband who has been charged in her murder.

George Tiaffay's sister, Maria McGrew, described the last few weeks as incomprehensible.

First, her sister-in-law Shauna is found dead Sept. 29.

Then her brother George is accused of hiring someone to kill her.

None of it makes any sense, she said.

There's the George Tiaffay the public sees in media accounts of him -- dressed in jailhouse blue with his attorney by his side and accused of hiring a homeless man to kill his estranged wife.

"The portrayal of him as some sort of monster is not supported by his own personal history," McGrew said. "By the kind of person he is and by those who know him."

The George Tiaffay that McGrew sees is a doting father and husband, a Las Vegas firefighter and a West Point graduate.

She said he was an over-achieving child who, despite losing his father at a young age, transformed himself into a man of honor, duty and service, dedicated to his family and his community.

"He's just a really nice person who tries to do the right thing every day," McGrew said. "It's a terrible shock to be going through what he's going through, but we support him. One hundred percent we support him. His friends support him. None of us can see him doing this."

Police allege that George Tiaffay paid Noel Stevens $600 to bludgeon his wife.

According to the arrest report, Tiaffay gave Stevens, a homeless man living in a tent, a key to her apartment, supplied him with the murder weapon and then went to work to establish an alibi.

The motive suggested by family and friends was the on-going divorce proceedings between the couple, who separated earlier this year.

But McGrew said he believes George and Shauna had decided to work it out, even signing papers with the court to dismiss the divorce action just three days before her death.

"They've painted a picture and they've used circumstances to support that picture," McGrew said of the reports on Shauna's death. "But I think it's focused. I don't think they're looking at the broader picture of who George is and what other possibilities are out there.

"That police report is the highlight of the state's case. It's not the full set of facts, it's just not. And anybody who reads it with a critical eye says there a lot more going on here so stay tuned. Round two is coming."

As the attorneys focus on the criminal case, McGrew said both families have a shared priority: the care and safety of the couple's 8 year-old daughter.

"We may not agree about certain things, but we all want justice for Shauna," McGrew said. "We all want (their daughter) to have as stable a life as possible and to come back out of this in as stable a fashion as we can put together for her."

Maria and George have three other siblings.

She and her other brother live in California and her youngest sister and her mother live in Las Vegas. She said they moved here when George became a firefighter so he could help take care of them.

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