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Model Who Killed, Cooked And Ate Husband Denied Parole

CHOWCHILLA (CBS) — Parole was denied Wednesday for a Costa Mesa woman convicted in the gruesome of murder of her husband.

Omaima Nelson stabbed, dismembered and consumed bits of her husband, William Nelson, 20 years ago, according to Orange County prosecutors.

In the days preceding the murder and dismemberment back in 1991, home video depicts William and Omaima spending family time in the South, where Nelson's relatives lived. It was a piece of evidence shown to the jury before the conviction.

CBS2 News obtained exclusive access to evidence used in the notorious trial -- boxes of exhibits used in the proceedings.

The exhibits included disturbing autopsy photos, the iron investigators said Omaima used to bludgeon her husband to death, and video tapes of the scene minutes after her arrest.

She had been driving her husband's red Corvette, which was found with black trash bags in the front seat containing body parts. One video depicts an investigator stunned after finding organs in one of the bags.

The evidence trail led investigators to a bloody scene at the couple's apartment, where officials said Omaima tied her husband to the bed and cut him to pieces.

During the process, the one-time Egyptian model wore a red dress, a red hat and red boots, investigators said.

Two key pieces of evidence in the case included a wooden knife and a cleaver.

William's hands were found in the kitchen in a deep fryer. Omaima admitted to a psychiatrist that she put barbeque sauce on his ribs and took a bite.

Neighbors told police that they heard the garbage disposal running for two straight days.

Even more body parts were found inside a brown suitcase and in the freezer.

Omaima Nelson, who tried unsuccessfully during the trial to convince the jury that her husband abused her, complained to a nurse inside the Orange County Jail. The note remains with the rest of the evidence.

"I am ready to lose it," Nelson said in the note, which continues, "And go off on someone. Anyone. I can't sleep at night. I am extremely depressed."

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