Judge won't let chef represent self in murder case

By the Associated Press | September 20, 2012 | 8:35 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A chef who is accused of murdering his 39-year-old wife and boiling her body for four days to get rid of the evidence won't be allowed to represent himself in the last days of the trial.

According to the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/REgI0v ), Judge Rand Rubin rejected David Viens' request Thursday, saying it was too late in the proceedings for him to take over.

The 49-year-old stood up from his wheelchair Thursday to object when his attorney Fred McCurry told the court that the defense had no more evidence to present.

Viens is accused of murdering his wife Dawn sometime before she vanished in October 2009, and was badly injured when he jumped off an 80-foot cliff in Rancho Palos Verdes after learning he was being investigated as a suspect.


Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com