Prosecutors declare husband went to ‘nice lengths’ to cowl spouse’s homicide in new court docket particulars
In possible trigger court docket, prosecutors mentioned Christopher Collins “went to nice lengths” to make it seem like his spouse had been killed by an intruder.
Collins didn’t seem in court docket when his case particulars had 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 regulation enforcement from the health club, saying his spouse, Yuanhua Liang, had texted him a few 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 after they went to the health club the place he labored out, they mentioned they discovered some incriminating proof.
In a locker on the health club, investigators reportedly discovered Liang’s pockets, which Collins had reported lacking, and her beauty bag, officers mentioned.
Surveillance video on the health club reportedly confirmed Collins pacing round for 45 minutes, figuring out for five minutes, then going to the café to make a name, in keeping with particulars revealed in court docket.
Within the couple’s residence, investigators seen Collins had safety cameras put in. Officers reportedly requested Collins why he did not verify them when his spouse despatched a textual content about an intruder. In accordance with investigators, Collins mentioned he would use them when he was in a foreign country to verify on his spouse, however did not assume to verify them on the day of her homicide.
Collins reportedly instructed investigators Liang was typically paranoid, and that is why it took him 45 minutes to get again to the home after she despatched worrying texts.
A witness instructed investigators she heard arguing coming from the house simply earlier than the capturing.
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 instructed them he was driving a rental automobile since his automobile had been repossessed.
Investigators say Liang was shot whereas sporting a sleep masks and was discovered with a bag over her head. Prosecutors mentioned this was additional proof in opposition to Collins, since overlaying 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 dwell spherical in Collins’ pocket. In accordance with the medical expert, 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 decide mentioned he should give up his passport and never converse with any witnesses.
If he makes bond, he must put on an ankle monitor and may have a curfew.
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