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Los Angeles: A Los Angeles man has been charged with allegedly killing his wife and her parents and then stuffing the mutilated parts of the body into a garbage bag.
35 year old Samuel Haskell has been charged with three counts of murder under special circumstances of multiple murders and if convicted could face life in prison without the possibility of parole, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement.
Haskell’s hearing was adjourned during a court appearance and he was ordered to be detained without bail. An email seeking comment from Joseph Gutierrez, a lawyer representing him in court on Monday was not immediately returned.
Haskell lived with his wife, their three young children and his parents in the Tarzana neighborhood of the San Fernando Valley.
police said that last week he was arrested after a human torso was found in a bag in a dumpster.
37 year old Mei Li Haskell and her parents Gaoshan Li (72 year old) and Yanxiang Wang (64 year old) were last seen on November 6, the statement from the DA’s office said.
“On November 7, Haskell allegedly hired four daily wage labourers to carry several heavy bags of black plastic waste from his home in Tarzana” the statement said. “A labourer opened a bag and allegedly saw human body parts. He called 911 and reported the incident.
Officials said they returned the bags and money but the bags were not there when the police arrived.
On the same day, Haskell was caught on video throwing something into a dumpster in nearby Encino, officials said. He was arrested the next day after someone found a woman’s torso in a garbage bag and called 911, prosecutors said.
Police said the torso is suspected to belong to Haskell’s wife. However, he has not been officially identified, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Department told.
“We suspect that the fuselage… “Mei Haskell’s body has been recovered” Deputy District Attorney Beth Silverman said Monday. “Till date, no other bag containing body parts or remains has been recovered but I don’t need the body to charge me with murder” he said.
“There were pieces of evidence in the house that indicated that he had chopped the bodies into pieces,” Silverman said.
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