Missing Wife

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A Utah man who allegedly told his relatives he killed his wife and threw her body in a trash bin is now facing a charge of first-degree murder.

A probable cause statement says Mark Hacking confessed to his brothers that early on July 19, he fired a single shot into his wife's head with a .22-caliber rifle.

The statement says he then wrapped Lori Hacking's body in garbage bags and placed it in a trash bin. He allegedly disposed of the gun in another bin.

Prosecutors had the option of seeking the death penalty, but without a body that would be difficult.

There's no charge for killing an unborn child because authorities have not confirmed the victim was pregnant.

Hacking is due to make his first appearance in a Salt Lake County, Utah, courtroom Wednesday.

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