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 says 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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