Husband charged with murdering wife after claiming there was possible unauthorized act in the home

HOUSTON Christopher Michael Collins, 41, was charged with the murder of his wife six days after she was found dead in the couple’s home in the Cypress area. Detectives said Yuan Hua Liang, 46, died of a single gunshot wound to the head on November 18.

During a hearing on probable cause, a prosecutor said investigators said Collins asked the Harris County sheriff’s deputies to check on his wife in their house in the Westgate subdivision. Detectives said Collins claimed that while he was at the gym grabbing a bite to eat, he received a text message from his wife.

“The text said someone was outside the residence, the defendant said he sent a text message to the complainant back and she did not respond,” a prosecutor told the court.

Detectives said Collins arrived at the house after deputies and locked them in through the front door.

“The officer said when the front door was open that the defendant was standing in the doorway and did not move for several seconds,” the prosecutor said.

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Deputies said Collins’ wife was found shot dead in the living room and a cloth bag had been placed over her face.

“(There were) no signs of forced entry into the home from the inside. Officers observed that the back door was unlocked and four dogs were in the backyard, the prosecutor said.

Investigators said there was no sign of a fight in the home and nothing appeared to have been stolen. Detectives noted that the home was equipped with cameras that could be seen from a distance. Detectives then asked Collins if he was checking the cameras after not being able to reach his wife.

“The defendant said, ‘no,’ he does not know why he did not check. The defendant said he does not know why he did not go straight home. Did not know why he stayed in the gym for 45 minutes, it was only 5 , 5 miles from his home, ”the prosecutor said.

Investigators said Collins also told them he was driving in a rental car because his car had been taken back. Detectives asked if Collins and his wife had life insurance and said he said they did not have it because they had missed a payment.

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“The officers who searched the home found a sheet of paper on the desk inside the residence, the paper was for life insurance for $ 250,000,” a prosecutor said. “The officer stated that the defendant and the complainant had signed the paper for life insurance on November 16, 2021.”

Prosecutors further said that when investigators asked Collins if there was a gun in the house, he said there should be a 9mm gun in the laundry room. Collins told detectives his wife bought the gun because he did not like guns. Collins also told investigators there was no ammunition in the house, though detectives later found a .22 caliber bullet in his pants.

Detectives said the forensic pathologist assessed Liang’s cause of death was a single gunshot wound to the head from a small-caliber weapon. She had no other injuries. Prosecutors said ME also reported that Liang was wearing a sleeping mask when she was shot, and the brown bag over her face appeared to have been placed there after she was shot.

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Detectives said that when they checked the surveillance video of the gym, they saw Collins only training for about five minutes, but kept going in and out of the locker room. Investigators said they later found Liang’s purse along with her IDs, passport, bank card and cash in one of the locked lockers. Her cosmetics bag was also found in the closet, according to detectives.

Detectives said surveillance video showed that the last time Liang and Collins were in the gym was on November 8, and neither of them appeared to be using the locker rooms. Detectives said the staff at the gym informed them that the closets were last swept on November 13 and that all items found in the closets would have been removed and placed in lost and found.

Detectives said they had been called to the couple’s home two weeks before the murder after a suspicious man was reported to be in their backyard. No other details were given about the incident. The prosecutor said on the day of the murder that investigators also interviewed a witness, “who heard two people arguing from the direction of the home.”

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Collins was not present during the hearing on probable cause, the judge stated that he underwent a mental health evaluation in prison. His bond was set at $ 150,000 and he remains in Harris County Jail. Prosecutors asked for a $ 200,000 bail, writing: “The defendant murdered his wife with a firearm and then went to great lengths to make it look like she was killed by an intruder.

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