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Husband Pleads Not Guilty To Murdering Wife

A Cottonwood man has pleaded not guilty to cutting his wife into pieces and dumping her remains in Whiskeytown Lake. Divers with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Boating Safety Unit found various body parts while searching for Bridget Jacobs. Her husband Philip allegedly admitted during questioning that he dumped his wife in the lake. He denies killing her, saying she accidentally fell down a flight of stairs on March 15th during an argument at their home on Westridge Road in Cottonwood. It’s believed that he drove to Brandy Creek Marina on the 19th, rowed a boat out and dumped the remains into the water. On Friday divers in about 40 feet of water found a leg that was attached to a cinder block with a tie strap. More body parts were found on Saturday. Detectives say it appears the body did not break apart from decomposition, but that it was deliberately dismembered. Philip Jacobs remains in jail on a Million Dollars bail. During arraignment Tuesday Jacobs entered a not guilty plea. He’ll be back in court on April 18th, when his preliminary hearing will be set.