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Ex-model who ate husband's body parts should go free, lawyer says

Omaima Nelson still a danger, D.A. saysOmaima Nelson, the Orange County woman who two decades ago killed her husband, cooked his body parts and ate them, should be freed, her onetime attorney said.

"She has served 20 years and she deserves parole," said Thomas Mooney, who represented her at trial and presented evidence that she was a battered woman abused by several men, including her husband.

"The notoriety of this case is what she did with the body after she killed him. But she killed because she was abused. The psychiatrist testified at trial [that] in his over 20 years of experience she was in the most psychotic state he had ever seen."

Nelson will go before a parole board in Chowchilla on Wednesday, saying she no longer poses a threat to society and should be released.

In a previous bid for freedom in 2006,  she expressed remorse for killing her husband and said she had found salvation as a "born-again" Christian.

"I felt that I was doing the right thing by exercising this judgment as I was killing him," she said during her 2006 parole hearing, according to the Associated Press. "I'm not denying that I did what I did and I'm very sorry for the ... family."

Orange County authorities strongly oppose parole for Nelson, a former model from Egypt.

"It was the most gruesome case I saw," said former Costa Mesa Police Sgt. Bob Phillips, who was the lead detective on the case. "She was up for many, many days trying to complete this crime and it might have been sleep deprivation and general fatigue from dismembering a body."

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Photo: Omaima Nelson. Credit: KTLA

 
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