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Ex-chef won’t face death penalty in slaying case

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Richard Magdayo Dahan enters the courtroom at the Regional Justice Center Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. Dahan is accused of killing his wife then driving to a Metro Police station and turning himself in.

Dahan in Court

Richard Magdayo Dahan enters the courtroom at the Regional Justice Center Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. Dahan is accused of killing his wife Friday then driving to a Metro police station and turning himself in. Launch slideshow »

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 said Thursday 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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