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OC wife who killed, ate husband denied parole

A former fashion model convicted of killing, cooking and eating her husband was denied parole on Wednesday.

October 5, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
An Orange County woman who killed, cooked and ate part of her husband's body in 1991 was denied parole on Wednesday for the second time.

Omaima Nelson was convicted of killing her 56-year-old husband in the couple's Costa Mesa apartment over Thanksgiving weekend. Authorities allege that she planned to steal from him as she had done with other middle-aged men.

Nelson, a former Egyptian fashion model, said she had been the victim of child abuse. Her attorney at the time said she was the victim, and that her husband had raped and beat her several times.

She is serving a life sentence at the Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla.

The Orange County District Attorney's Office said Nelson is a threat to public safety and opposes her parole.

A psychiatrist testified during Nelson's trial that she told him she ate her husband's ribs but later denied it.

Nelson was denied parole in 2006 because commissioners found her unpredictable and a serious threat to public safety.