Fil-Am chef admits to killing wife in Las Vegas

By Bev Llorente, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Jan 14 2014 05:46 PM | Updated as of Jan 15 2014 05:51 AM

Daisy Casalta-Dahan and Mugshot of Richard Magdayo Dahan/Courtesy of the LVMPD

LAS VEGAS – A Filipino-American who killed his Filipina wife has surrendered to authorities.

Former chef Richard Magdayo Dahan is now behind bars.

He admitted to killing his wife Daisy Casalta-Dahan last Friday inside their apartment complex in Las Vegas after she asked for a divorce.

The couple was married in August 2011.

His wife worked as a certified nurse assistant in a nursing home not far from where they lived. She also recently passed as a registered nurse.

According to the arrest report, Dahan detailed to police how he killed his wife in their kitchen.

He said he cut his wife's throat after the Pinay asked for a divorce. He also struck her several times on the head using a small meat cleaver, and then used a knife to stab her repeatedly.

"Talagang hindi na siya tao yung ginawa niya hindi tao, kaya sabi ko parang nasaniban ba na pano niya ginawa yun kay Daisy na walang kalaban-laban si Daisy," the Pinay's friend said.

The 40-year old Dahan then drove to a police precinct of the North West Area Command and confessed to the crime.

Meanwhile, the Pinay's friends alleged that the victim did not ask for a divorce contrary to what her husband said. They said she loved her husband very much.

They claimed that it was documents pertaining to her residence and work status in America that the victim had wanted the suspect to sign.

"Amidst her suffering she didn't even tell us but she did pass. That's why I am, we are just shocked. We are devastated by the whole thing. You know, for me, we could've done something more," another friend said.

They added that the victim had kept to herself the abuse she endured from her husband who lost his job and recently had kidney transplant. They claimed that it was the Filipina who supported the suspect's children from his ex-girlfriend.

"I just want to [say to] the family in the Philippines that we are sorry. I am sorry because she could've been saved. She is a good person and we did nothing to save her. We could've saved her... We could have hid her from her husband. But then, we were not that strong. I wish I could've just slapped her and then told her, 'please leave him'. I'm just sorry to the mom, especially to the mom, and losing her daughter she doesn't even know that her daughter is experiencing this. She is hiding all her troubles from her family," a friend of the couple said.

Dahan is set to face the Clark County District on Wednesday. He is facing open murder with deadly weapons.