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Frederick Hengl, Calif.man, pleads not guilty to killing, cooking wife

Frederick Hengl at a court hearing in California on Nov. 21, 2012 KFMB-TV

Frederick Hengl at a court hearing in California on Nov. 21, 2012
KFMB-TV

(CBS/AP) VISTA, Calif. - Frederick Hengl, a 68-year-old California man, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to decapitating his wife and cooking her body parts on the stove at their Oceanside home.

Police said they responded to neighbors' complaints Friday morning about a foul odor coming from the home of Hengl and his 73-year-old wife, Anna Faris.

The first officer entered the two-bedroom, bungalow-style house through a window and saw three pans of meat cooking on the stove that was later discovered to be parts of Faris' body. Her severed head was found in a freezer.

It is believed Faris was killed sometime in November. Authorities have not yet determined how she died.

There were numerous pieces of freshly cut bone found around the home, said Deputy District Attorney Katherine Flaherty. A meat grinder, a saw, a boning knife and other cutting materials were also in the house.

Neighbor Eric Chavez told U-T San Diego that the foul odor from the house grew unbearable after someone placed a fan in one of the home's windows. The odor lingered for more than a week.

Flaherty said there was no evidence of cannibalism.

  • Crimesider Staff

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