COSTA MESA (CBS) — A former model who is serving time for killing her husband — and eating some of his cooked body parts — wants an early release from prison.
Omaima Nelson, an Egyptian-born former Costa Mesa resident, will go before a parole board next Wednesday, requesting early release.
Nelson is currently serving a 27-years-to-life sentence for murdering William Nelson, 56, in November of 1991.
Prosecutors said Nelson killed her husband in their Costa Mesa apartment. She was in her twenties at the time of the crime.
Michele Gile, reporting for CBS2 and KCAL9, said Nelson spent days trying to dispose of the body parts. In addition to putting various parts in the garbage disposal, Gile reports, Nelson also put parts in trash bags and suitcases.
Officials said Nelson proceeded to cook his head on the stove (police later found it in the freezer), skin his torso, fry his hands in oil and allegedly even dipped a body part in barbeque sauce before tasting it.
She claimed her husband raped her the night before she killed him.
Randy Pawloski, the Orange County senior deputy district attorney, opposes her release because her crimes were particularly gruesome (“the mutilation was beyond belief”) and said Nelson had a history of violence even before the bizarre murder. He also maintains her story of abuse has changed several times.
Says Pawloski, “Initially to the police, she claimed it could have been a CIA operation. People came in and he had enemies and maybe wanted him to be murdered. [Then] she didn’t know what happened. Finally when it shook out, she said she was a battered spouse even though they had been married only three weeks.”
Nelson is currently housed in the Chowchilla State Prison in Central California.
Pawloski says he will be at the parole hearing to block her request and he says he will be accompanied by the victim’s grandchildren.
During her time in prison, Gile reports Nelson was assigned to a culinary class but received an unsatisfactory work report.