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Man pleads not guilty in wife's 2007 murder

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EL CAJON (CNS) - A man arrested in Hawaii and brought to San Diego County to face murder charges in the death of his wife, whose body was found near a desert campground, pleaded not guilty Monday.

Anthony Edward Simoneau, 46, is charged in the Jan. 20, 2007, homicide of 41-year-old Fumiko Ogawa Simoneau.

The prosecutor in the case said he felt confident he could prove his case. Bail was set at $5 million, with Simoneau due back in court Oct. 8 to set a preliminary hearing. If convicted, he faces 25 years to life in prison.

Simoneau was arrested Sept. 4., while reportedly working as a tour guide on Oahu.

His wife's body was found Jan. 20, 2007 near the Bow Willow Campground in the Anza-Borrego Desert but was not identified until 2011, based on DNA evidence. Her cause of death, if known, has not been disclosed.

Simoneau filed to divorce his wife in 2002 but withdrew the court papers when she got an inheritance from relatives in Japan. The couple lived in Point Loma on Upshur Street, but her family lost contact with her in early January 2007.

After her disappearance, which Simoneau did not report, he bought four Land Rovers, a boat, a motorcycle and a Hummer. Simoneau left San Diego in late 2007.

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