Chef Who Cooked Wife Guilty of Murder David Viens admitted that he took desperate steps to hide body By Newser Editors and Wire Services Posted Sep 27, 2012 6:04 PM CDT 6 comments Comments Defendant David Viens, right, listens as the verdict is read. (AP Photo /Brad Graverson, pool) (Newser) – A chef who told police he boiled his wife's body for four days to hide evidence of her death was convicted today of second-degree murder. David Viens showed no reaction as the verdict was read, while the sister of his victim burst out sobbing. In a recorded interrogation presented by prosecutors during the trial, Viens, 49, can be heard saying he cooked the body of his 39-year-old wife, Dawn Viens, in late 2009 until little was left but her skull. He now faces 15 years to life in prison. "He treated her like a piece of meat and got rid of her," said Karen Patterson, the couple's best friend who spoke to reporters outside court.