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OC trial begins for frozen-daughter dad

August 9, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
The trial of a man accused of torturing and killing his daughter and putting her body in a freezer got under way Monday in Santa Ana.During opening statements, prosecutors told members of the jury that in 2006, 57-year-old Clarence Butterfield shot his 21-year-old Rebekah Butterfield several times then stuffed her into a freezer in his recreational vehicle.

Authorities say Rebekah Butterfield was still alive when she was put into the freezer.

The defense insists that Butterfield came home to find his daughter dead and put her in a freezer because he thought no one would believe him.

Her body was discovered in 2008 by tow yard workers in San Clemente.

If convicted, Butterfield could face life in prison.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.