Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Man admits keeping body in freezer

A woman's bullet-riddled body was kept in a freezer at a mobile home in California for two years.

A man accused of torturing and killing his 21-year-old daughter said he kept her bullet-riddled body in the freezer of his mobile home for two years, but was not responsible for her death.

Clarence Butterfield, 57, of Santa Ana, California, said he found his daughter Rebekah dead when he returned home from running errands on Boxing Day 2006 and put her in the freezer because he thought no-one would believe his innocence.

"It was kind of stressful to walk in and see your daughter dead," he said. "I didn't know what to do."

Butterfield also said he hoped she would be resurrected and planned to hold on to the body for at least seven years.

He is charged with murder and assault with a firearm and could face life in prison without a chance of parole if convicted.

Prosecutors say he shot his daughter seven times with a small-calibre gun in the leg, foot, knee, the side of her head and elsewhere to torture her, then bound and stuffed her into the mobile home's freezer, where she suffocated.

The body was found by workmen after the home was towed.

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