Prosecutors said that a Texas man was accused of killing his wife two days after signing a $250,000 policy for life insurance.
Christopher Collins, 41, is facing charges that he killed his wife Yuanhua Liang, 46, and went “to great lengths” to make it look as if she was shot and killed by a home invader.
ABC 13 reports that Collins phoned police on November 18 to report that his wife had text him about the stranger living in their northwest Harris County home. After securing his phone, Collins drove to the home of Liang to see investigators. They found Liang’s body in the living-room.
The house was strangely not ransacked, however, and investigators began to suspect that Collins’ story did not add up.
Surveillance video from the gym showed Collins pacing around for 45 minutes and only working out for five minutes before he went to the gym’s cafe and called police, officials said. Police searched a gym locker where they found Liang’s wallet — which Collins had reported missing — and cosmetic bag.
Collins, a former member of the military, said that Liang, a Chinese national, was “paranoid,” which is why he took 45 minutes to return to his home after she told him there was a stranger in the house. Collins said that security cameras were also installed in the house to help him check on his wife during travels. That day, he said he didn’t think to check the footage.
Officials claim Liang was attacked with a small caliber handgun, while she was wearing a mask. She was also found carrying a bag on her head. Prosecutors argued that covering a victim’s face is common when the suspect doesn’t want to watch someone they know die, ABC 13 reported.
“Which indicated the bag had been placed over her head after she had been shot,” prosecutors said in court on Thursday.
Liang had signed a $250,000 life insurance policy just two days before he conducted a search in the house.
“Officers who searched the home found a sheet of paper on the desk inside the residence. This was a sheet of paper that contained information about life insurance, valued at $250,000. The officer stated that the defendant and the complainant had signed the paper for life insurance on Nov. 16, 2021.”
A .22 caliber live round was found in Collins’ pocket, investigators said. According to the medical examiner, Liang was killed with a small-round gun.
Collins is held in prison on a $150,000 bond. Collins has been placed under arrest on a $150,000 bond. He was ordered to surrender his passport, and not talk with anyone.