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Man accused of killing wife joked of cooking bodies, daughter says

September 13, 2012 |  7:33 am

Dawn and David Viens
The trial of a Lomita restaurant owner accused of killing his wife began Wednesday with hints of how the suspected killer may have gotten rid of the body.

The daughter of David Viens testified to rapt jurors in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom during the opening day of her father's trial that he would joke about disposing of a body by cooking it.

"He is a chef," Jacqueline Viens said.

David Viens, who owned the Thyme Contemporary Cafe, has pleaded not guilty to killing Dawn Viens, 39, who disappeared in October 2009.

During the first day of trial, Jacqueline Viens testified her father drunkenly told her he had tied up his wife and taped her mouth after an argument. The next morning, Dawn Viens was dead. 

Jacqueline Viens said her father told her his wife had choked on her own vomit. He also said, through tears, that her body would never be found, his daughter said.

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Photo: Dawn and David Viens. Credit: KTLA-TV

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