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Man Charged With Dismemberment

January 18, 1998

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) _ A man was charged with murder Saturday for allegedly killing his daughter with a hatchet before cutting her body into seven pieces and burying them in a makeshift grave.

Police said Edward Wright confessed Friday to killing Francesca Regina Wright, 28, on Nov. 25. Wright, 54, used a hatchet and chainsaw to cut her up, authorities said.

``He told us his daughter was taking his granddaughter to Holland,″ Chatham County police Maj. Billy Freeman said. ``He said he didn’t like what she had been doing during the past year.″

Joe Aeger, a former employee of Wright’s, said problems between the two began after she ran up a $20,000 telephone bill on his business phone, largely for calls to psychic hotlines.

Aeger said Wright approached him after the slaying and showed him seven dark green garbage bags in the back of his van.

Wright, the owner of a construction company, knew that Aeger planned to install a septic tank in his backyard. He offered to pay for the backhoe if Aeger would put the bags in the hole, Aeger told police.

In addition to burying the woman, Aeger repainted and recarpeted Wright’s bathroom in his home, where the dismembering allegedly occurred, police said.

Aeger confessed to police Friday, and Wright was arrested later in the day. Freeman said Aeger will not be charged as an accomplice.