After hearing from the victim's daughter and the prosecutor on the case, on Wednesday the state denied parole for a Costa Mesa woman who killed her husband and then froze, cooked and tasted portions of his body over Thanksgiving weekend in 1991.
Omaima Aree Nelson, 43, has served about 20 years of her 27-years-to-life sentence for killing William Nelson, 56. According to court testimony in her trial, she ate portions of his ribs and other remains.
The original prosecutor on the case, Orange County Senior Deputy District Attorney Randy Pawloski, and the victim's daughter, Margaret Nelson, attended the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation hearing to urge the board not to release Nelson, according to the D.A.'s office.
Margaret Nelson, according to a press release, said she regretted that her late father never got to see her as a mother.
Costa Mesa police arrested Nelson in 1991 after she tried to have an ex-boyfriend help her dispose of some of her dead husband's body parts. She had been married to Nelson, about 30 years her senior at the time of the killing, for three weeks before she killed him.