Orange County Deputy Dist. Atty. Debora Lloyd, who is prosecuting the
case, could not be reached for comment Friday.
Bechler is suspected of killing his 38-year-old wife, Pegye Bechler,
and throwing her body overboard while they were celebrating their fifth
wedding anniversary on a boating trip in July 1997.
Bechler has contended that he was being towed on a bodyboard by a
rented boat piloted by his wife, a triathlete and an expert swimmer. He
has said a large wave knocked him off the board into the water and that,
when he surfaced, his wife had disappeared.
Prosecutors allege that Bechler staged the accident to collect a
multimillion-dollar life insurance policy. Pegye Bechler's body was never
Eric Bechler was arrested in October 1999, after a two-year
investigation. Authorities arranged for his girlfriend, actress Tina New,
to wear a recording device and captured a conversation about the murder.
He has since been held without bail in Orange County Jail.