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UPDATED 2:37 PM PT – Sunday, November 28, 2021
A Texas husband has been charged with the murder of his late wife.
Harris County authorities said 41-year-old Christopher Collins is due for his first court appearance on Monday. Prosecutors argue Collins “went to great lengths” to make it look as if his wife, Yuanhua Liang, had been killed by a home intruder.
However, investigators said there were no signs of a break in after his wife was found shot to death in their living room.
Officers reportedly received a call from the male, later identified as Collins, claiming he had received a text from his wife indicating someone was outside their residence. The male caller then told 911 he had unsuccessfully tried to reach his wife and that she was not responding.
Detectives said surveillance footage showed Collins going in and out of a locker room at a local gym, where he had initially called the police and where they later located his wife’s wallet, which Collins had reported missing. While searching the home, officers also found a $250,000 life insurance policy signed by the couple just two days before her death.
Investigators revealed Liang had been shot while wearing a sleep mask and was found with a bag over her head.
“Which indicated the bag had been placed over her head after she had been shot. Based on the officer’s training and experience, believes the action, which occurs when a person has a personal relationship with a deceased individual, does not want to see their face as they die,” said prosecutors in court. “Officers who searched the home found a sheet of paper on the desk inside the residence. The paper was for life insurance for $250,000. The officer stated that the defendant and the complainant had signed the paper for life insurance on Nov. 16, 2021.”
Authorities said they later found a .22 caliber live round in Collins’ pocket, a bullet used for a small caliber handgun. Meanwhile, a medical examiner confirmed Liang was shot with a small caliber handgun.
Collins is currently being held on a $150,000 bond and has been ordered to surrender his passport.