- A Texas man has been charged with murder after his wife was found dead in their home.
- The couple signed a $US250,000 ($AU350,976) life insurance policy days before Yuan Liang, the wife, was found dead.
- The husband, Christopher Collins, was charged with murder after he said his wife was killed by intruders.
A Texas man this week was charged with murder after his wife was found dead in their home days after the couple took out a life insurance policy.
Christopher Collins, 41, told police he suspected his wife was killed by intruders, but he has since been charged murder in the case of his wife’s death, KHOU reported. Two days before her death, the couple signed a $US250,000 ($AU350,976) life insurance policy, according to the report.
Collins was set to appear in court on Thursday but didn’t because of “mental health reasons,” authorities told KHOU-11. It is unclear how Collins intends to plead and his attorney could not immediately be found by Insider.
According to a police report, Collins called Harris County Sheriff’s Deputies requesting a welfare check on his wife, Yuan Liang, 46. Collins met police at his home on Clayton Bluff Lane in Cypress, Texas.
He told authorities his wife sent him a text message about a person outside their home while he was at the gym and getting something to eat, according to a report from 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.”
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, citing court documents.
“(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, Click2Houston. Investigators said they found no signs of forced entry and nothing had been stolen from the home, according to the report.
Collins told police the couple did not have a life insurance policy because they had missed a payment on it.
“Officers who searched the home found a sheet of paper on the desk inside the residence, the paper was for life insurance for $US250,000 ($AU350,976),” a prosecutor said, Click2Houston reported. “The officer stated that the defendant and the complainant had signed the paper for life insurance on Nov. 16, 2021.”
An autopsy conducted by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences found that Liang died from a gunshot to the head, and the manner of death was determined to be homicide, according to the police report.
Medical examiners determined the bullet was fired from a 22 or 25mm caliber weapon, KHOU reported, adding that officers said they found a 22mm cartridge in Collins’ pocket.
On November 24, Collins was charged with murder and taken to Harris County Jail, where he is being held on a $US150,000 ($AU210,585) bond, according to the police report.