Texas man is charged with murder of his wife, who was found dead two days after she signed a $250,000 life insurance policy
Yuan Hua Liang, 46, was found dead Nov. 18, at her home in the Cypress area of Harris County
Christopher Collins, 41, was charged murder in the shooting death of his wife
Collins said that he had received a text message from Liang about a person in their home as he worked out at a nearby gym and went to get something to eat
However, investigators said they found no signs of forced entry, with nothing having been stolen from the house, according to a police report
Liang was found to have a single gunshot wound to the head and no other injuries, inside the Houston home that Collins, a military veteran, has owned the home in the Houston area for the past eight years
Collins is being held on a $150,000 bond, and is expected to make his first court appearance on Monday
A Texas woman was found dead two days after she signed a life insurance policy, and her husband has been charged with her murder, according to police.
After the woman found dead inside her Cypress home, the husband, according to court documents, went to “great lengths” to convince investigators his wife was killed by intruders.
Yuan Hua Liang was found dead at her home in far west Harris County, Texas early in the evening of Thursday November 18, after her husband returned home from work.
Christopher Collins said his wife had called him earlier about a trespasser on their property in the Westgate subdivision in the Cypress area. When he couldn’t reach her later, he called the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. He told them there had also been a trespasser a couple of weeks ago.
Cops found Yuan was lying on the floor and had “signs of trauma,” according to Harris County Sheriff’s Office investigators.
Christopher Collins was scheduled to go before a judge Thursday but didn’t appear for mental health reasons, authorities said. He is charged with murder in the death of his wife.
Prosecutors said the couple had signed a $250,000 life insurance policy two days before Collins, a military veteran killed his wife Liang at the coupe’s home in the 18000 block of Clayton Bluff on Nov. 18.
Liang, 46, was found to have a single gunshot wound to the head, medical examiners said.
Authorities believe the bullet was fired from a .22- or .25-caliber firearm.
Collins reportedly told deputies that his wife had bought him a .9-mm. pistol, but added he didn’t have ammunition.
However, officers later found a .22-mm cartridge inside Collins’ pocket.
A cloth bag that was placed over her head was determined to have been put there after her death, an autopsy found.
Deputies added that a neighbor had reported hearing an argument from the home the same day Liang’s body was discovered by authorities.
Police also noted that there were four dogs found unharmed in the couple’s backyard.
A police report states Collins called Harris County Sheriff’s Deputies to request a welfare check on his wife.
Collins called the non-emergency hotline around 3:15 pm for a welfare check after claiming he had received a text message from Liang about someone breaking into their home while he worked out at a nearby gym and went to get something to eat, he told police according to Click2Houston.
‘The caller reported that he lost contact with his wife, shortly after she reported a suspicious male near their residence,’ the police report reads.
‘The deputy entered the residence with the husband and they discovered the wife deceased, inside the house.’
Court documents state that Collins ‘paused momentarily in the doorway, dropped his bags and ran into the living room where Liang was found lying on the floor with visible blood on her shirt and a bag covering her head,’ KHOU reported.
‘(There were) no signs of forced entry into the home from inside. The officers observed the backdoor was unlocked, and four dogs were in the backyard,’ a prosecutor in the case said.
However, investigators said they found no signs of forced entry or a break-in, with nothing having been stolen from the house, according to the report.
Collins has owned the home for the past eight years, authorities said.
He is being held on a $150,000 bond, and is expected to make his first court appearance on Monday.
When asked by officers why he didn’t check the home’s surveillance cameras, Collins said there was no recording and that the cameras only picked up a live feed.
He allegedly told police he used the cameras to check on his wife whenever he was working outside of the country, according to KHOU.
Collins also told police that he didn’t immediately return home, claiming his wife had paranoid tendencies, with the husband telling dispatchers the welfare check ‘was probably nothing.’