Wife accused of cutting up husband's body

July 12, 2006 at 12:33 AM
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SHANGHAI, July 11 (UPI) -- A Chinese graduate student is on trial in Shanghai, accused of killing and dismembering her husband while the couple were living in the United States.

Chen Danlei allegedly has admitted to shooting her husband, He Lei, in their West Lafayette, Ind., apartment last August, but denied that it was she who cut his body into eight parts, China Daily reported.

She alleges the body was dismembered by a man named "Jack," whom she met on the Internet.

Prosecutors say an inspection of Chen's desktop computer and her laptop failed to find records of conversations with anyone named Jack, the newspaper said.

Chen was arrested upon arriving in Shanghai after customs officials discovered she was using her husband's passport, the newspaper said.

Customs officials then searched her belongings, allegedly finding random notes saying "have to finish dealing the body," and "purchase air ticket with

his credit card."

Chen then allegedly confessed to the killing, saying her husband wanted a divorce.

Several days later, U.S. investigators found the body parts, wrapped in refuse bags, after a local resident complained of the stench, the report said.

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