Prosecutors claim Christopher Collins went to ‘great lengths’ to cover Yuanhua Liang’s murder in northwest Harris County

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HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) — In courtroom Thanksgiving morning, prosecutors laid out their case in opposition to a person who’s accused of murdering his spouse, which features a $250,000 life insurance coverage coverage, reportedly signed two days earlier than her loss of life.

In possible trigger courtroom, prosecutors stated Christopher Collins “went to nice lengths” to make it seem like his spouse had been killed by an intruder.

Collins didn’t seem in courtroom when his case particulars have 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 stated Collins initially referred to as regulation enforcement from the gymnasium, 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 lifeless 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 gymnasium the place he labored out, they stated they discovered some incriminating proof.

In a locker on the gymnasium, investigators reportedly discovered Liang’s pockets, which Collins had reported lacking, and her beauty bag, officers stated.

Surveillance video on the gymnasium reportedly confirmed Collins pacing round for 45 minutes, understanding for five minutes, then going to the café to make a name, in line with particulars revealed in courtroom.

Within the couple’s residence, investigators seen Collins had safety cameras put in. Officers reportedly requested Collins why he did not test them when his spouse despatched a textual content about an intruder. In line with investigators, Collins stated he would use them when he was overseas to test on his spouse, however did not suppose to test them on the day of her homicide.

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Collins reportedly informed 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 informed investigators she heard arguing coming from the house simply earlier than the capturing.

Investigators stated 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 loss of life.

Collins reportedly informed them he was driving a rental automotive since his car had been repossessed.

Investigators say Liang was shot whereas sporting a sleep masks and was discovered with a bag over her head. Prosecutors stated this was additional proof in opposition to Collins, since masking the sufferer’s face is widespread when a suspect would not need 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 need to see their face as they die,” prosecutors stated in courtroom. “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 said that the defendant and the complainant had signed the paper for all times insurance coverage on Nov. 16, 2021.”

Investigators stated in addition they discovered a .22 caliber reside spherical in Collins’ pocket. In line with the health worker, 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 stated he should give up his passport and never communicate with any witnesses.

If he makes bond, he should put on an ankle monitor and can have a curfew.

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