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
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. (Read more chef stories.)

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