Lynnwood man pleads not guilty to wife’s murder

  • Wed Apr 4th, 2012 7:44pm
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Herald staff

SEATTLE — The husband of a Lynnwood woman who was strangled in 2006 made a brief court appearance Wednesday in King County Superior Court.

David Pietz, 34, pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, according to The Herald’s news partner KIRO-TV.

King County prosecutors allege that Pietz beat and strangled his wife, Nicole Pietz, in their Lynnwood-area home in January 2006. The slain woman’s body was found about a week later in a wooded area in Burien.

About a month after her death, Nicole Pietz’s car was found abandoned near the University of Washington in Seattle. Detectives say they found genetic material in the car from Nicole and David Pietz, but nothing to indicate anyone else recently had been in the car.

Witnesses since have told detectives that the couple’s marriage was strained. They had financial troubles, and their friends said they believed David Pietz had been cheating on his wife.

The defendant’s attorney, David Allen, insists his client is innocent and will aggressively fight the charges, according to KIRO-TV.