California chef pleads for retrial, saying, 'I didn't cook my wife'
David Viens, the Lomita, Calif., chef who told authorities that he accidentally killed his wife and boiled her body in the restaurant kitchen to dispose of it, was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison on Friday.
Viens, 49, was convicted last year of second-degree murder in the death of his wife, Dawn. He has since fired his attorney.
He spoke for about 40 minutes in a failed bid to convince Superior Court Judge Rand S. Rubin to give him a new trial. “I loved my wife,” Viens said. “I didn't cook my wife.”
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