In the probable cause court, the prosecutor said Christopher Collins “did his best” to make his wife look like he was killed by an intruder.
When Collins was evaluated in the mental health department, he did not appear in court when the details of his case were read.
This all happened a week ago. The couple was in their home in northwestern Harris County, on the 18000 block of Clayton Bluff Lane.
Investigators said that Collins first called the law enforcement department from the gym, saying that his wife Liang Yuanhua had sent him a text message saying that there was a stranger at home.
He met with investigators at the home where Liang was found dead in the living room.
But now, investigators believe this is a well-designed trick.
Former soldier Collins and his wife are from China, and they widely share their pets, gardening and other activities on multiple social media channels.
Investigators said that Collins’s story about strangers at home did not match. They pointed out that the house was not looted, and when they went to the gym where he exercised, they said they found some evidence of guilt.
Officials said that investigators reportedly found Liang’s wallet (which Collins reported lost) and her cosmetic bag in a locker in the gymnasium.
According to the details disclosed in the court, it was reported that the gym’s surveillance video showed Collins pacing back and forth for 45 minutes, exercising for 5 minutes, and then going to the cafe to make a phone call.
In the couple’s home, investigators noticed that Collins had installed security cameras. According to reports, when his wife sent text messages about the intruders, officials asked Collins why they didn’t check them. According to investigators, Collins said he would use them to check on his wife when he was abroad, but did not expect to check them on the day she was murdered.
Original report: HCSO said that the woman who was found dead in her home in NW Harris County was called the husband of the person who trespassed the property
According to reports, Collins told investigators that Liang was often paranoid, which is why it took him 45 minutes to get home after she sent worrying text messages.
An eyewitness told investigators that she heard a quarrel from her home before the shooting.
Investigators said they also found a life insurance policy worth $250,000 signed by the couple on November 16, two days before Liang’s death.
According to reports, Collins told them that he was driving a taxi since his car was recovered.
Investigators said Liang was shot while wearing a sleep mask and was found wearing a bag on his head. The prosecutor said this is further evidence against Collins, because it is common for suspects to cover the victim’s face when they do not want to see the death of someone they know.
“This shows that after she was shot, the bag was put on her head. Based on the training and experience of police officers, it is believed that this behavior will happen when a person who has a personal relationship with the deceased does not want to see their face.” They are dead,” the prosecutor said in court. “The officer who searched the house found a piece of paper on the table inside the house. This piece of paper is life insurance worth 250,000 U.S. dollars. The official stated that the defendant and complainant had signed the life insurance paper on November 16, 2021. “
Investigators said they also found a 0.22 caliber live ammunition in Collins’ pocket. According to the forensic doctor, Liang was shot by a small-caliber pistol, similar to the 0.22-caliber bullet found.
Collins was detained in prison on bail of $150,000. The judge said he must surrender his passport and not talk to any witnesses.
If he establishes a bond, he will have to wear an ankle monitor and impose a curfew.
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