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Preliminary Hearing Today For Man Accused In Estranged Wife's Murder

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A preliminary hearing is scheduled today for an Ocean Beach man accused of killing his estranged wife and disposing of her body about a week before he was to start paying child support.

Henry Lisowski, 68, could face the death penalty if convicted of murdering 50-year-old Rosa Lisowski, who disappeared last March 24 after walking her young son to school near her home in the Midway-Loma Portal area.

Her body has never been found.

The Lisowskis were embroiled in a heated divorce battle, and she had just been awarded custody of their two children and two other children from a previous relationship, said prosecutor Nicole Cooper.

The defendant was supposed to start paying the victim $1,100 a month in child support beginning April 1, 2008, and a court hearing had been scheduled so that he could prove he wasn't underreporting his income, the prosecutor said.

Cooper alleged that Lisowski had threatened his wife as far back as 2007.

Several witnesses saw the defendant with fresh scratch marks on his face and arms the day after his wife went missing, Cooper said.

She said the victim's blood was found on a kitchen counter in his home and in the cargo area of his vehicle.

The defendant's blood was found on the inside of the passenger door of his Lexus, the prosecutor said.

Henry Lisowski was arrested early last September. About the same time, police received a tip alleging that the defendant had disposed of his wife's body in a Dumpster in an alley in the Mount Hope area, but officers were unable to locate the container, Cooper said.

Along with murder, Henry Lisowski is also charged with the special circumstance of murder for financial gain.

Cooper said last year that the defendant had access to large amounts of cash and traveled to Costa Rica in the midst of the investigation into his wife's disappearance.

Today's preliminary hearing is intended to help a judge determine if there are grounds for trial.

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