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Lomita man charged with wife's murder

David Viens, 47, was arrested on Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2011, in connection with his wife's death. He was arrested at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center after waking up from a coma after he jumped off a cliff in Ranchos Palos Verdes.

March 3, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
The husband of a Lomita woman who's been missing since October 2009 was charged with her murder.

Prosecutors filed the charge Thursday against 47-year-old David Viens.

He is hospitalized after he jumped off a cliff in Rancho Palos Verdes last week.

Investigators say Viens has implicated himself in the disappearance of his wife, Dawn.

The charge comes a day after crews dug up the restaurant Viens owns, looking for her body.

She was last seen at the restaurant.

Viens remodeled it, including pouring cement, after she disappeared.