The wife of a popular rap singer accused of murdering her husband and reportedly hacking his body and keeping it in a refrigerator in her house appeared before the court today.
The dismembered body of 30-year-old artist Andy Cartwright was found in his apartment in Russia, and his wife claimed that he died of a drug overdose in St. Petersburg.
36-year-old Marina Kukhal told the detectives that she didn't want his fans to know that he had died of such an "inglorious" death – and dismembered his body over four days, storing body parts in black plastic bags and their fridge.
36-year-old Marina Kukhal appeared for a trial in St. Petersburg today after being arrested for murdering her husband
Kukhal is accused of having dismembered her husband Andy Cartwright's body and kept it in her refrigerator
The limbs were allegedly sawn "perfectly" and the body parts sprinkled with salt.
Kukhal, who is being held "for her own protection" from Mr. Cartwright's angry fans, appeared in court with handcuffs and a face mask.
After she was arrested by Russian murder detectives, she is said to have asked her lawyer: "What did I do? What have I done? & # 39;
Kukhal used a knife, hammer, hacksaw, plastic bowl, and cutting board, police say.
The dismembered body of the popular rap singer Andy Cartwright (30) (pictured) was found in his apartment in Russia
The dismembered body parts were found in the rapper apartment in St. Petersburg shown above
Ms. Marina Kukhal, 36, (pictured) told Detectives that she did not want his fans to know that he had died of such an "inglorious" death – and dismembered his body over four days
Kukhal's lawyer Irina Skurtu said the defendant called her after the incident and repeatedly asked, "What did I do?"
The couple's two-year-old child was in the same apartment where she severed the singer's body parts.
Russian police say they opened a murder probe for the death of the star, whose real name was Alexander Yushko, who is originally from Ukraine.
State investigators say they still have no evidence from initial forensic tests that Kukhal killed her husband.
Today, new shocking claims by the BAZA news agency suggested that the rapper's internal organs were cleaned by his wife in a washing machine after the body was dismembered.
Parts of the rapper's dismembered body were kept in the refrigerator in the apartment shown above
Ms. Marina Kukhal, 36, used a knife, hammer, hacksaw, plastic bowl, and cutting board, police say. Above the house where Cartwright's body was found
Police launched a homicide probe after Cartwright's dismembered body was found in the apartment. Cartwright shown on the left and on the right with Ms. Marina Kukhal
In addition, investigators found traces of male hands on one of the forearms as if the victim had been grabbed, a report said quoting unnamed sources of law enforcement.
When it was found, some organs such as the stomach in the apartment were missing.
The widow had also thoroughly cleaned her apartment on Nevsky Prospect's main street in St. Petersburg, it was reported.
Kukhal Police said she found the singer dead from a drug overdose their elite apartment in St. Petersburg – and didn't want his followers to know that he had died of such an "inglorious" death.
She wanted to dispose of the rapper's body and then say it was gone. There are also reports that he had heart problems.
She also claimed that he started taking drugs after becoming depressed during the pandemic.
The man's friends said he had alcohol problems but didn't take drugs.
According to reports, the woman's mother had supported her in the apartment.
The woman's lawyer, Irina Skurtu, who asked the woman to go to the police because of the dismemberment, denied reports of putting body parts in the washing machine.
Marina Kukhal shown above has been arrested by the police and is expected to undergo a polygraph test
Kukhal, as pictured above, told his fans on social media that he had become addicted to hard drugs during the pandemic
She also denied that the rapper's mother-in-law had been involved.
Kukhal's lawyer Irina Skurtu said: “The remains were kept in Alexander's room (in black trash bags) and in a refrigerator.
& # 39; The smell was only in this room. She seemed absolutely healthy to me, although she was very nervous, but she can be understood.
"She doesn't look like a crazy drug addict to me. She explained the situation fairly coherently, but kept repeating, "What did I do? What have I done? & # 39; & # 39;
Kukhal called her lawyer and the police after finding that she was "morally" and "psychologically" appalled by her plan to dismember his body, Skurtu said.
The lawyer claimed if she was telling the truth and had not committed a crime in Russian law.
The nameless mother-in-law was ordered not to leave St. Petersburg, reports say.
Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper said sources cited no drugs found on the rapper's body.
The widow was arrested. She is expected to undergo a polygraph test as part of the murder investigation. She claimed that she found a syringe next to his body.
He became addicted to hard drugs during the pandemic, she told his fans on social media.
Forensic testing is ongoing to determine the cause of death.
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