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California man pleads not guilty to killing, cooking wife

VISTA, Calif. — A 68-year-old man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to murdering his wife after police found her severed head in a freezer and her body parts cooking on the stove at their Oceanside home.

Frederick Hengl looked frail as he entered his plea, and his lawyer has requested that he receive medical attention, according to U-T San Diego.

Police said they responded to neighbors’ complaints about a foul odor coming from the couple’s two-bedroom, bungalow-style house Friday morning.

The first officer entered the home through a window and saw three pans of meat cooking on the stove. The meat turned out to be parts of the victim, Anna Faris, 73.

Police think 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, Deputy District Attorney Katherine Flaherty said. A meat grinder, saw, boning knife and other cutting materials also were found in the house.

Flaherty said there was no evidence of cannibalism.

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

Hengl remained jailed on $5 million bail. An effort to leave a phone message for his public defender Wednesday night was unsuccessful.



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