A man accused of strangling and dismembering his wife pleaded guilty Friday to mutilating her corpse, but he will still stand trial on a murder charge.

Stephen Grant, 37, is charged in the Feb. 9 death of Tara Grant. He pleaded guilty just before the trial got under way Friday morning.

"I mutilated a dead body," Stephen Grant told Judge Diane Druzinski.

The mutilation charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

Stephen Grant insisted he had nothing to do with his wife's disappearance after he reported her missing Feb. 14.

He fled March 2 as police searched the couple's home but was captured two days later in a remote, snowbound state park in the far northern Lower Peninsula.

Police said he made a graphic confession while being treated for hypothermia at a hospital.

Authorities say Grant killed his 34-year-old wife at their Washington Township home, about 25 miles north of Detroit. Body parts were found in their garage and a nearby park.