Man testified he cut his wife’s body to babysit
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OLATHE, Kan. – A man said on Tuesday he spent about eight hours cutting up his wife’s body after her death at a Missouri hotel because he feared authorities would take his children to him.
Justin Rey, 36, said protecting his family was the reason he didn’t call for medical help after his wife delivered a baby at the hotel in October and afterwards when she committed suicide, The Kansas City Star reported.
Investigators then found Rey with her newborn baby and 2-year-old daughter, along with bags of body parts, in a storage shed in Lenexa, Kansas.
Rey is not charged with his wife’s death, but faces child endangerment charges in Kansas and Missouri and is charged with corpse abandonment in Missouri.
He made the unusual decision to testify at his preliminary hearing in Kansas, with defense attorney Zane Todd saying Rey wanted to correct some testimony.
After Tuesday’s hearing, a not guilty plea was entered for Rey in Johnson County, Kansas, charged with two counts of serious endangerment to children and two counts of contributing to the misconduct of ‘a child.
An officer who met Rey at the storage unit said the 2-year-old girl appeared to be in poor health and “almost looked like she had cancer”.
The baby had a serious eye infection, according to several witnesses. The children were placed in preventive detention.
Rey has said in the past that his wife died in childbirth, but police in Lenexa Det. Shannon Murphy testified that Rey told her that his wife had committed suicide.
After asking her children to pose for photos with her body, Rey said he “skinned her like a fish,” Murphy testified. Murphy said Rey chased body parts that would not fit in containers in the toilet.
Johnson County Deputy Coroner Charles Glenn said[traduction]”A number” of stab wounds were wounds found on parts of Jessica Rey’s body, but it was not possible to say whether the wounds were inflicted before or after her death.
Rey told the court that he and the children did not live in the storage locker, as witnesses said, but only stayed there for about 11 hours as he prepared to travel to Arizona, where he said he intended to give his wife a proper burial. .
He also said his children were well looked after.
“I did not put my children in danger,” he said. “My children were in perfect health.”
Rey also denied throwing anything other than a placenta down the toilet.
His trial on the Kansas charges was scheduled for Nov. 5.
Rey was also indicted in November in California over the death of Sean Ty Ferel, a Palm Springs resident who disappeared after vacationing with Rey in 2016.
Ferel’s body has not been found, but his blood was detected in the trunk of his vehicle after Rey was involved in an accident with him months after Ferel’s disappearance.
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