Peter Chadwick pleads guilty to murdering his wife

Peter Chadwick

Peter Chadwick

A California millionaire who killed his wife in their lavish home, blamed the murder on a fictitious gangster, then skipped bail and lived for years, eventually having to sit down. nearly a decade in prison after committing atrocities.

Peter Chadwick57, pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree murder for strangling and drowning his wife, Quee Choo46 years old and sentenced to 15 years in prison, KNSD San ​​Diego affiliate NBC report.

According to reports, Chadwick spoke to the court before his formal sentencing and apologized to Choo’s family, allegedly referring to his slain wife as a “wonderful person”.

“I just wanted to say I’m really sorry,” Chadwick said. “I destroyed everything. So I deserve whatever the court decides.”

In a written statement read by prosecutors, Choo’s sister is said to have said she would never understand how Chadwick could “barbarically dispose of [Choo’s] body as if she were worthless trash.”

Chadwick’s attorneys and prosecutors are said to have agreed to the terms of the plea agreement before the hearing. Under the terms of the settlement, Chadwick is expected to have served at least 85 percent, or 12 years and nine months, before qualifying for a pardon.

According to reports, Chadwick and Choo on the morning of October 12, 2012 were arguing over financial issues and possibly getting a divorce. The argument escalated into a physical conflict that resulted in Chadwick killing Choo in the bathroom of their Newport Beach home.

Authorities said Chadwick then wrapped Choo’s body in a blanket, loaded it in his car and dumped it in a trash can outside a gas station in San Diego County.

Investigators were tipped off later that day, when neither Chadwick nor Choo came to pick up their children, then 8, 10 and 14, from the bus stop after school. A neighbor drove them home and asked for a welfare check when the parents couldn’t be found. Investigators entered the home and saw signs of a struggle, including broken furniture and blood splattered on the bathroom wall. An indoor safe also appears to have been emptied, each the LA time.

The next day, Chadwick is said to have called 911 from somewhere in San Diego County and told a dispatcher that a man in his work had murdered his wife, forcing him to give her body in a car, and is making him drive to Mexico to dispose of the body. remaining.

Officers with the San Diego Police Department found and arrested Chadwick a few miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border a few hours later. Police noted scratches on his neck and dried blood on his hands indicating signs of a struggle, KNSD reported.

In an interview with investigators, Chadwick admitted that he made up the story about the killer who killed his wife and kidnapped him. Police found Choo’s body shortly afterwards and Chadwick was booked and disposed of. A judge ordered him to hold over $1 million in bonds.

Chadwick posted the bond and was released on December 21, 2012. By court order, he is said to have surrendered his US and UK passports and gone to live with his father in Santa Barbara. When he failed to appear at a hearing in January, police raided his father’s home and discovered numerous books about changing a person’s identity. Investigators soon discovered that he had spent millions of dollars from his bank account.

He was found living in Mexico in August 2019 after a podcast about Choo’s murder sparked public interest in the case and allegedly led to hundreds of tips on Chadwick’s whereabouts.

[image via San Diego County Sheriff’s Office]

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