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Germany: couple on trial for abusing, killing women

  • FILE - In this Sept.19, 2016 file picture af ence hides part of a house in Hoexter, Germany.   A couple accused of luring women to their home in Hoexter  western Germany and abusing them so badly that two of them died are going on trial. Forty-six-year-old Wilfried W. and his 47-year-old ex-wife, Angelika W., are charged with murder by omission and bodily harm in the trial that opened Wednesday Oct. 26, 2016 in Paderborn. Their full names weren't given in keeping with German privacy rules. (Friso Gentsch/dpa via AP,file)

    FILE - In this Sept.19, 2016 file picture af ence hides part of a house in Hoexter, Germany. A couple accused of luring women to their home in Hoexter western Germany and abusing them so badly that two of them died are going on trial. Forty-six-year-old Wilfried W. and his 47-year-old ex-wife, Angelika W., are charged with murder by omission and bodily harm in the trial that opened Wednesday Oct. 26, 2016 in Paderborn. Their full names weren't given in keeping with German privacy rules. (Friso Gentsch/dpa via AP,file)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this May 2, 2016 file  photo police officers in protective suits pass by a house outside Hoexter, western Germany.  A couple accused of luring women to their homevin Hoexter  in western Germany and abusing them so badly that two of them died are going on trial. Forty-six-year-old Wilfried W. and his 47-year-old ex-wife, Angelika W., are charged with murder by omission and bodily harm in the trial that opened Wednesday Oct. 26, 2016 in Paderborn. Their full names weren't given in keeping with German privacy rules. (Marcel Kusch/dpa via AP,file)

    FILE - In this May 2, 2016 file photo police officers in protective suits pass by a house outside Hoexter, western Germany. A couple accused of luring women to their homevin Hoexter in western Germany and abusing them so badly that two of them died are going on trial. Forty-six-year-old Wilfried W. and his 47-year-old ex-wife, Angelika W., are charged with murder by omission and bodily harm in the trial that opened Wednesday Oct. 26, 2016 in Paderborn. Their full names weren't given in keeping with German privacy rules. (Marcel Kusch/dpa via AP,file)  (The Associated Press)

  • Defendant  Wilfried W. arrives at the court in Paderborn, Germany, Wednesday Oct. 26, 2016. A couple accused of luring women to their homevin Hoexter  in western Germany and abusing them so badly that two of them died are going on trial. Forty-six-year-old Wilfried W. and his 47-year-old ex-wife, Angelika W., are charged with murder by omission and bodily harm in the trial that opened Wednesday Oct. 26, 2016 in Paderborn. Their full names weren't given in keeping with German privacy rules.  (Bernd Thissen/dpa via AP)

    Defendant Wilfried W. arrives at the court in Paderborn, Germany, Wednesday Oct. 26, 2016. A couple accused of luring women to their homevin Hoexter in western Germany and abusing them so badly that two of them died are going on trial. Forty-six-year-old Wilfried W. and his 47-year-old ex-wife, Angelika W., are charged with murder by omission and bodily harm in the trial that opened Wednesday Oct. 26, 2016 in Paderborn. Their full names weren't given in keeping with German privacy rules. (Bernd Thissen/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

A couple accused of luring women to their home in western Germany and abusing them so badly that two of them died are going on trial.

Forty-six-year-old Wilfried W. and his 47-year-old ex-wife, Angelika W., are charged with murder by omission and bodily harm in the trial that opened Wednesday in Paderborn. Their full names weren't given in keeping with German privacy rules.

Authorities started investigating after the couple called an ambulance April 21 for a woman with head injuries. She died shortly afterward in a hospital and doctors alerted police to the signs of abuse.

Police have said the female suspect then told authorities she'd been involved in another woman's death in 2014, and that the victim's body was cut up, stored in the freezer and later burned.