Ex-chef won't face death penalty in slaying case

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Updated: 3/13/2014 7:52 pm

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A former chef won't face the death penalty if he stands trial in the knife and cleaver slaying of his wife in their Las Vegas kitchen.

Prosecutor Richard Scow said Thursday that a district attorney's office panel decided not to seek capital punishment for Richard Magdayo Dahan in the slaying of 28-year-old Daisy Casalta Dahan.

Dahan pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a murder charge.

A judge is scheduled March 19 to pick a trial date.

Authorities say the 40-year-old Dahan walked into a police station after the Jan. 10 slaying and said he killed his wife because she wanted a divorce just two years after they married in the Philippines.

Police say he described using a serrated knife, a meat cleaver and filet knife in the attack.

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