WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A Delray Beach man accused of killing his wife, putting her body parts in suitcases and throwing it into the Intracoastal Waterway has pleaded not guilty.
William Lowe, 78, appeared in a Palm Beach County courtroom Thursday morning. Lowe is accused of killing his 80-year-old wife, Aydil Barbosa Fontes.
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A medical examiner said Fontes' cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head. According to Lowe's arrest report, the first suitcase was located on the west side of the Intracoastal and had a "human foot protruding through the zipper." Inside were "human legs" and "several small landscaping rocks." On the outside of the suitcase was an airline barcode sticker with the name "Barbosa" on it.
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The report said a second suitcase had a human torso "missing the head and the hands," along with "small landscaping rocks."
A third suitcase found on the east side of Intracoastal had a "human female pelvis" and more landscaping rocks inside.
Lowe is facing charges of first-degree murder and abuse of a dead body.
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His attorneys pleaded not guilty to both charges on Lowe's behalf.
Lowe's next hearing is scheduled for September.