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Lomita restaurant owner is charged with wife's murder

A Lomita restaurant owner, who authorities say admitted to killing his wife after initially saying that she had vanished, was charged Thursday with one count of murder, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

David Viens, 47, admitted to detectives earlier this week that he had killed Dawn Viens, authorities said. Her death is believed to  have occurred between Oct. 18 and Oct. 20.

David Viens is recovering from injuries he sustained last week after jumping off a Rancho Palos Verdes cliff as Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies pursued him.

"He implicated himself in her killing," sheriff's Lt. David Coleman said earlier this week. Viens' girlfriend also provided information that tied him to his wife's death, Coleman said.

Dawn Viens went missing in October 2009. David Viens told police that she walked away from the Thyme Contemporary Cafe, which they owned, and never returned.

Dawn Viens' body has still not been found. After two days of digging at the restaurant, authorities abandoned their search for the body at the site.

"At this point, coroner's officials are satisfied she is not there," Coleman said.

Authorities used heavy excavating equipment to cut through the foundation of the cafe after leads suggested Dawn Viens' body was hidden there. Coleman said David Viens remodeled the restaurant after his wife's disappearance, including laying new concrete.

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-- Richard Winton

 
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How much of my tax dollars did you spend excavating and destroying retail property? Charged for murder without a body? Where is Davids defense attorney? Did he implicate himself while he was drugged and awakening from a coma?

With all due respect to you "Truth", this is a murder investigation and the police are doing their job based statements and evidence they have. This excavation proceeded based on a positive "hit" a dog trained to find human remains had inside the building. The renovation of that same building also coincided with Dawn Viens disappearance. For public health reasons alone, proper burial of human remains is a priority.

But let's examine in more depth your concern about the expense associated with murder investigations. Police work is typically a pretty dangerous business. These men and women didn't become law enforcement professionals to get Trump rich. From the detectives piecing together the information to the workers tearing up the concrete in the foundation, I imagine all their salaries are pretty average. But what you miss is that all of these individuals are a productive part of our economy. They buy food, clothing, and support local businesses while providing us with quality services we need. This is where what you contributed in taxes comes back to you in services and in the coinage you complain about contributing. Be grateful.

With all due respect to you "Truth", this is a murder investigation and the police are doing their job based statements and evidence they have. This excavation proceeded based on a positive "hit" a dog trained to find human remains had inside the building. The renovation of that same building also coincided with Dawn Viens disappearance. For public health reasons alone, proper burial of human remains is a priority.

But let's examine in more depth your concern about the expense associated with murder investigations. Police work is typically a pretty dangerous business. These men and women didn't become law enforcement professionals to get Trump rich. From the detectives piecing together the information to the workers tearing up the concrete in the foundation, I imagine all their salaries are pretty average. But what you miss is that all of these individuals are a productive part of our economy. They buy food, clothing, and support local businesses while providing us with quality services we need. This is where what you contributed in taxes comes back to you in services and in the coinage you complain about contributing. Be grateful.


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