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

(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.

Defendant David Viens, right, listens as the verdict is read.
Defendant David Viens, right, listens as the verdict is read.   (AP Photo /Brad Graverson, pool)
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