Police charge man with murder after dismembered woman found in freezer

The New Orleans Police Department announced Friday night a man is being charged with second-degree murder days after police found a woman dismembered inside a freezer in the 9th Ward.

Benjamin Beale, 34, had previously been charged with obstruction of justice, drug and weapons charges. He was rebooked and is being held at the Orleans Parish Justice Center, police said. Beale reportedly had no criminal record prior to his arrest.

Police said they discovered the body Tuesday in the 2200 block of Pauline Street. Court documents said police were at the home in reference to a missing person report. Documents identified the missing person as Julia Dardar. Click here to read more about this story.

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