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Benjamin Beale booked with murder of dismembered woman found frozen at his Ninth Ward home; bond increased to $1.4 million

Benjamin Beale, 34, was arrested Tuesday and booked with obstruction of justice and several...
Benjamin Beale, 34, was arrested Tuesday and booked with obstruction of justice and several drug and weapons charges after New Orleans police said they executed a search warrant and found human remains on his Ninth Ward property.(Source: Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office)
Published: Jan. 14, 2022 at 9:42 PM CST
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Benjamin Beale, the man arrested after a woman’s headless torso was found in a freezer on his Ninth Ward property, was booked with second-degree murder, New Orleans police said Friday (Jan. 14).

Beale was arrested Tuesday (Jan. 11), after the gruesome discovery was made by police executing a search warrant related to the disappearance of 36-year-old Julia Dardar. The Orleans Parish Coroner’s office has not revealed the identity of the dismembered woman, whose partial remains were found in a deep freezer kept powered in a bus parked in the back yard of Beale’s home in the 2300 block of Pauline Street.

Police said a clandestine methamphetamine lab also was found in Beale’s kitchen. When the 34-year-old Beale refused to answer questions about the corpse, he was booked Tuesday with obstruction of justice in a death investigation, illegal carrying of a weapon in the presence of controlled dangerous substances, distribution of methamphetamine, possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, and two counts of creating/operating a clandestine drug lab, according to court records.

Beale’s bond initially was set at $400,000. An additional bond of $1 million was added Saturday after the NOPD filed its murder allegation Friday night.

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