Alleged Newport Coast Wife-Killer Released from Jail

Peter Chadwick, who is accused of slaying his 46-year-old wife, posted bail early Wednesday after prosecutors dropped a murder-for-financial-gain charge.

A man accused of killing his 46-year-old wife in their Newport Coast home and dumping her body in San Diego County was released from jail early Wednesday after prosecutors dropped a murder-for-financial-gain charge, court records show.

Peter Chadwick, 48, was facing a special circumstance allegation that he killed his wife, Quee "Q.C" Chadwick, for financial gain. Deputy District Attorney Matt Murphy dismissed that charge Tuesday after saying he does not have enough evidence to prove the charge. Chadwick is still facing a murder charge, but is no longer eligible for the death penalty, so his bail was reduced to $1 million.

Jail records show he posted bail at 1:47 a.m.

"He's got a lot of money, and people with a lot of money can get bail,” Murphy told Patch.

On Oct. 10, friends of the Chadwicks alerted police after the couple's three children were left at school with no ride home. The next day, Peter Chadwick reportedly called police in San Diego and was later arrested.

The body of Quee Chadwick was found a week after she went missing in a Dumpster by a passer-by in the 1200 block of Wildcat Canyon Road in Lakeside. The San Diego Medical Examiner's Office said she was strangled to death.

Court records show the couple had been discussing divorce.

Do you think Peter Chadwick should have been released from jail? Tell us in the comments.

Penelope Prater December 20, 2012 at 02:14 AM
He should not be let out of Jail period. He murdered and put his wife's body in a dumpster. Bad mistake, I hope someone does him harm.
Mary Trani December 20, 2012 at 04:12 AM
It's all so bizarre. First of all, the press has reported so many conflicting statements so I wish they would stop it. Reporting is one thing, but trying someone in the press is not o.k. First the police wrte tipped off ny an "anonymous" caller as to the wereabouts of Q. C. body and now it is a" passer-by. The prosecuter said the motive was financial gain and now he can't prove it. Obviously if the defendant can post a million dollar bond, financial gain seems unlikely. "Court tecords" show a divorce had been discussed " for some time." Peter Chadwick and his wife were not estranged and they were a beautiful, loving couple totally devoted to their young spons. Everyone who knew the family knew they were devoted to each other. There had been painters on the Chadwick property for an inordinate amoumt of time last summer and Q.C. was not at all pleased. They both owned businesses and worked from home. The safe was open. Peter Chadwick called law enforcement officers from San Ysidro which is the largest port of entry in the world. People walk across that boarder by the tens of thousands every day, nevermind how many drive across. Q.C was found with identification. Mr. Chadwick would do anything to stay alive for his kids. Everyone who knows him knows that. He was a super dad who carpooled them because Q.C. hated to drive in traffic. I for one am so glad he is out. The evidence probably already shows DNA for an unknown party in the crime scene.
Anila Whitney Miller December 20, 2012 at 06:21 AM
I believe that Peter Chadwick is innocent until proven guilty. By all accounts he was a loving husband and is a loving Dad and I for one will give him the benefit of the doubt and will not pass judgement as I don't have all the facts. Those boys need their Dad...and I am glad that he is now able to be with them.
Anila Whitney Miller December 20, 2012 at 07:45 AM
You have determined that he is guilty before his trial? Based on "circumstantial evidence"... hmmm.
Art Scott December 20, 2012 at 08:40 AM
Well, just because someone can post bail does in no means prove a person innocent - it often times can simply mean a person is wealthy. I knew this family personally and QC personality was hysterical and times and I personally witnessed. After many years of marriage, and the fact that her families business in Malaysia had a net worth of over $100 million causes one to wonder what was really happening in this relationship. If I read the reports correctly the boys were not picked up from school by either parent and the police followed Mr. Chadwick all the way to the border. I look forward to hearing the truth told in this unfortunate murder. If Mr. Chadwick is innocent, who or where is the true person who committed this horrible act?
Aaron Vincent January 04, 2013 at 11:43 PM
This is the tragic result of an Asian woman married to a Caucasian. At first she had helped him with family wealth and married him so she could get an immigrant visa to stay; now that he is successful, he wanted to renew his life (or wife) and got all the money and kicked her away.
Art Scott January 08, 2013 at 02:50 AM
Our legal system in this country takes way too long to bring criminals to justice, especially when there is circumstantial evidence.....
Robert DeAlmedia March 06, 2013 at 09:30 AM
So how did his wife die? What are the details


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