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Austria: 'Ice Lady Hid Lovers' Body Parts'
A woman has gone on trial for allegedly murdering two men and concealing their body parts in concrete under her ice cream parlour.
Goidsargi Estibaliz Carranza Zabala, dubbed the "Ice Lady" in Austrian reports, has been charged with shooting dead her husband in 2008 and new partner in 2010.
Described as the "trial of the year", prosecutors allege she then sliced up the bodies of Holger Holz and Manfred Hinterberger with a chainsaw and hid the pieces in concrete that she mixed in a cellar under her shop in Vienna.
Carranza, who is in her 30s, is accused of killing her husband when he refused to leave after she revealed she had a lover, the Austrian Independent reported.
The online news outlet adds she allegedly murdered her boyfriend two years later after discovering he was seeing other women. She took shooting lessons and courses in mixing concrete and bought a new chainsaw before the killing, it is claimed.
Human remains were discovered by chance during maintenance work in June 2011.
After fleeing to Italy, Carranza, who has joint Spanish-Mexican citizenship, was captured and later extradited.
When arrested, Carranza was two months pregnant by another man, whom she married in prison in March this year.
The baby was born in January but the boy was immediately taken away from her and is now reportedly being looked after by Carranza's parents in Barcelona.
The Austrian Independent said a 140-page report into her mental state ruled she is fit to stand trial for the double murder after she admitted to a court psychiatrist: "I could kill again."
The report also said Carranza, now in a unit for the "mentally abnormal", was dangerous and was like a "princess ... who just wants to be 'rescued' by a man".
"She intends to confess. She has already told the court-appointed expert everything that she did, as she also did when she was arrested by the Italian police," Werner Tomanek, one of her defence lawyers, told news agency AFP.