David Viens' defense attorney, Fred McCurry, explained that he had not intended to kill his wife. That he had bound her limbs and covered her mouth with duct tape. Adding that he had done it "at least twice before to silence her histrionics." Once Viens realized that his wife was dead he panicked. McCurry also dismissed the explanation of his client having boiled his wife's remains. That was the confession Viens had told police while in the hospital recovering from his leap off a cliff. His attorney questioned whether it was scientifically possible to boil down human remains. Viens had also said that his wife's skull was in his mother's attic. Her remains were never found.
David Viens had jumped off a cliff in Rancho Palos Verdes while he was being followed by the Sheriff's Department. His girlfriend at the time was in the car with him and pleaded for him to pull over. Viens then got out of the car and then jumped.
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