Prosecutors declare husband went to ‘nice lengths’ to cowl spouse’s homicide in new court docket particulars

Prosecutors claim husband went to 'great lengths' to cover wife's murder in new court details

2021-11-26 06:56:29

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) — In court docket Thanksgiving morning, prosecutors laid out their case towards a person who’s accused of murdering his spouse, which features a $250,000 life insurance coverage coverage, reportedly signed two days earlier than her dying.

In possible trigger court docket, prosecutors mentioned Christopher Collins “went to nice lengths” to make it appear like his spouse had been killed by an intruder.

Collins didn’t seem in court docket when his case particulars have been learn as he was being evaluated in a psychological well being unit.

This all occurred every week in the past within the couple’s northwest Harris County residence, within the 18000 block of Clayton Bluff Lane.

Investigators mentioned Collins initially known as legislation enforcement from the gymnasium, saying his spouse, Yuanhua Liang, had texted him a couple of stranger within the residence.

He met with investigators on the residence the place Liang was discovered useless in the lounge.

However now, investigators consider it was all an elaborate ruse.

Collins, a former member of the army, and his spouse, initially from China, broadly share their pets, gardening, and different actions on a number of social media channels.

Investigators say Collins’ story of a stranger of their residence simply did not match up. They identified that the house was not ransacked, and once they went to the gymnasium the place he labored out, they mentioned they discovered some incriminating proof.

In a locker on the gymnasium, investigators reportedly discovered Liang’s pockets, which Collins had reported lacking, and her beauty bag, officers mentioned.

Surveillance video on the gymnasium reportedly confirmed Collins pacing round for 45 minutes, figuring out for five minutes, then going to the café to make a name, based on particulars revealed in court docket.

Within the couple’s residence, investigators observed Collins had safety cameras put in. Officers reportedly requested Collins why he did not test them when his spouse despatched a textual content about an intruder. In keeping with investigators, Collins mentioned he would use them when he was overseas to test on his spouse, however did not assume to test them on the day of her homicide.

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Collins reportedly informed investigators Liang was usually paranoid, and that is why it took him 45 minutes to get again to the home after she despatched worrying texts.

A witness informed investigators she heard arguing coming from the house simply earlier than the taking pictures.

Investigators mentioned in addition they discovered paperwork for a $250,000 life insurance coverage coverage signed by the couple on Nov. 16, two days earlier than Liang’s dying.

Collins reportedly informed them he was driving a rental automotive since his automobile had been repossessed.

Investigators say Liang was shot whereas carrying a sleep masks and was discovered with a bag over her head. Prosecutors mentioned this was additional proof towards Collins, since masking the sufferer’s face is frequent when a suspect does not wish to watch somebody they know die.

“Which indicated the bag had been positioned over her head after she had been shot. Primarily based on the officer’s coaching and expertise, believes the motion, which happens when an individual has a private relationship with a deceased particular person doesn’t wish to see their face as they die,” prosecutors mentioned in court docket. “Officers who searched the house discovered a sheet of paper on the desk contained in the residence. The paper was for all times insurance coverage for $250,000. The officer acknowledged that the defendant and the complainant had signed the paper for all times insurance coverage on Nov. 16, 2021.”

Investigators mentioned in addition they discovered a .22 caliber stay spherical in Collins’ pocket. In keeping with the health worker, Liang was shot with a small caliber handgun, much like the .22 caliber bullet discovered.

Collins is being held in jail on a $150,000 bond. The choose mentioned he should give up his passport and never communicate with any witnesses.

If he makes bond, he must put on an ankle monitor and can have a curfew.

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