In probable cause court, prosecutors said Christopher Collins “had gone to great lengths” to make it appear that his wife had been killed by an intruder.
Collins did not appear in court when details of his case were read while he was being assessed in a mental health unit.
It all happened a week ago at the couple’s home in Northwest Harris County, in the 18000 block of Clayton Bluff Lane.
Investigators said Collins initially called law enforcement from the gym, claiming that his wife, Yuanhua Liang, texted him about a stranger in the house.
He met investigators at the house where Liang was found dead in the living room.
But now investigators believe it was all an elaborate ruse.
Collins, a former member of the military, and his wife, who is from China, widely share their pets, gardening and other activities on several social media channels.
Investigators say Collins’ story of a stranger in their home just doesn’t match. They pointed out that the house had not been searched and when they went to the gymnasium where he was training they said they found evidence against him.
In a gym locker, investigators reportedly found Liang’s wallet, which Collins had reported missing, and her cosmetic bag, officials said.
CCTV footage at the gym reportedly showed Collins pacing for 45 minutes, exercising for 5 minutes, then heading to the cafe to make a call, details revealed in court.
At the couple’s home, investigators noticed that Collins had installed security cameras. Officers reportedly asked Collins why he hadn’t checked them out when his wife texted about an intruder. According to investigators, Collins said he would use them when he was overseas to watch his wife, but did not think about checking them on the day of his murder.
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Collins reportedly told investigators that Liang was often paranoid, which is why it took him 45 minutes to get home after sending disturbing texts.
A witness told investigators he heard an argument coming from the house just before the shooting.
Investigators said they also found documents for a $ 250,000 life insurance policy signed by the couple on November 16, two days before Liang’s death.
Collins reportedly told them he had been driving a rental car since his vehicle was picked up.
Investigators say Liang was shot while wearing a sleep mask and was found with a bag over her head. Prosecutors said this was further evidence against Collins, as it is common to cover the victim’s face when a suspect does not want to see someone they know die.
“This indicated that the bag had been placed on his head after being shot. Based on the officer’s training and experience, the action, which occurs when a person has a personal relationship with a deceased person does not want to see his face as they die, ”prosecutors said in court. The officers who searched the house found a sheet of paper on the desk inside the residence. The paper was for life insurance for $ 250,000. The officer said the defendant and the plaintiff had signed the life insurance paper on November 16, 2021. “
Investigators said they also found a .22 caliber cartridge in Collins’ pocket. According to the medical examiner, Liang was shot with a small caliber handgun, similar to the .22 caliber bullet found.
Collins is being held in jail on $ 150,000 bail. The judge said he must surrender his passport and not speak to any witnesses.
If he ties, he will have to wear an ankle monitor and have a curfew.
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