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California man accused of cooking wife is due in court Tuesday

Sixty-nine-year-old man denies killing 73-year-old wife

Frederick Joseph Hengl, 69, is expected to be brought into court in a wheelchair on Tuesday, August 20, in San Diego’s North County Courthouse.

Hengl was arrested nine months ago and charged with murder and abuse of elder and criminal acts with human remains. He pleads not-guilty to all charges. The frail-looking man has not heard any evidence yet, his attorney claims he is too ill to sit through a preliminary hearing. Hengl has been held in San Diego’s downtown jail, in their medical unit, in lieu of $5 million bail.

Oceanside police stated that they went to a home at 419 North Ditmar Street after neighbors complained of “a foul odor coming from the residence,” on November 16, 2012. Police were also told that the elderly woman who lived there hadn’t been seen for more than a week.

Officers discovered parts of Hengl’s wife cooking in three pans on a stovetop in the kitchen, according to a prosecutor. “The officers saw clear evidence of cooking, in that the heat was on and that it was actually in the process of being cooked,” prosecutor Katherine Flaherty stated at Hengl’s first court appearance.

The head of Anne-Marie Faris, 73, was found in the freezer, wrapped in plastic. “He was in the process of dismembering his wife,” prosecutor Flaherty said.

A search warrant inventory from Oceanside police included these items: packages of nutritional supplement, box for reciprocating saw, shower curtain, black-handled kitchen knife, Harbor Freight tools receipts, laundry receipt, Tri City Medical Center disharge paperwork, roasting pans, meat grinder and attachments, electric hand saws and blades, prescription bottle – Aricept, and zip pouch w/IDs in n/o Anna Faris (Hengl).

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Frederick Joseph Hengl, 69, is expected to be brought into court in a wheelchair on Tuesday, August 20, in San Diego’s North County Courthouse.

Hengl was arrested nine months ago and charged with murder and abuse of elder and criminal acts with human remains. He pleads not-guilty to all charges. The frail-looking man has not heard any evidence yet, his attorney claims he is too ill to sit through a preliminary hearing. Hengl has been held in San Diego’s downtown jail, in their medical unit, in lieu of $5 million bail.

Oceanside police stated that they went to a home at 419 North Ditmar Street after neighbors complained of “a foul odor coming from the residence,” on November 16, 2012. Police were also told that the elderly woman who lived there hadn’t been seen for more than a week.

Officers discovered parts of Hengl’s wife cooking in three pans on a stovetop in the kitchen, according to a prosecutor. “The officers saw clear evidence of cooking, in that the heat was on and that it was actually in the process of being cooked,” prosecutor Katherine Flaherty stated at Hengl’s first court appearance.

The head of Anne-Marie Faris, 73, was found in the freezer, wrapped in plastic. “He was in the process of dismembering his wife,” prosecutor Flaherty said.

A search warrant inventory from Oceanside police included these items: packages of nutritional supplement, box for reciprocating saw, shower curtain, black-handled kitchen knife, Harbor Freight tools receipts, laundry receipt, Tri City Medical Center disharge paperwork, roasting pans, meat grinder and attachments, electric hand saws and blades, prescription bottle – Aricept, and zip pouch w/IDs in n/o Anna Faris (Hengl).

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At the hearing today, Tuesday August 20, 2013, the judge set a date for a preliminary hearing. In three months, Hengl is expected to finally hear some of the evidence against him. On November 18, 2013, more than a year after he was arrested, a prosecutor must show sufficient evidence to convince a judge that a crime was committed, and that Hengl is the likely culprit. All hearings for this case are held in San Diego's North County Superior Courthouse, located in Vista, California.

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