RANCHO CUCAMONGA — A Riverside County woman accused of murdering and dismembering her boyfriend appeared in court today for a brief hearing in which attorneys told a judge of their progress in the case.
An attorney for Carmen Montelongo, 44, said she was waiting for prosecutors to turn over remaining “discovery,” such as police reports, about the investigation into Samuel Wiggins Jr.’s slaying.
Prosecutors believe Montelongo fatally stabbed Wiggins, 62, in April or early May at his Diamond Bar home.
She then allegedly cut off Wiggins’ head and arms and concealed the body parts in large flower pots that she brought to a relative’s home in Bell Gardens on May 8.
She allegedly buried the rest of Wiggins’ remains in early May in the backyard of a relative’s home in the 700 block of North Holmes Avenue in Ontario.
She was arrested on May 29 when she returned to the Ontario home, exhumed Wiggins’ body, and loaded the partial remains into a trash can that she wheeled 200 yards down residential streets.
One of her cousins lives at the home, and he called police after he saw Montelongo exhume Wiggins’ body.
Montelongo, of Jurupa Valley, has pleaded not guilty to criminal charges.
Deputy District Attorney Erica Gallegos said the investigation into Wiggins’ death is not complete, and she’s awaiting a final coroner’s report as well as reports from the Los Angeles County sheriff’s investigation into Wiggins’ finances.
Montelongo allegedly spent her ex-boyfriend’s money after his death.
Also addressed during today’s hearing in West Valley Superior Court was Montelongo’s true last name. Some authorities have identified her as Montenegro.
Her attorney, Rebecca Taft, told Judge Michael Libutti that her client’s name includes both Montelongo and Montenegro, which respectively are her mother and father’s last names.
Montelongo told Libutti her full name includes both names, with Montelongo appearing first.
Montelongo is next due in court Aug. 17. She remained jailed without bail today at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga.