Husband ‘shot wife dead’ two days after she signed £190k life insurance policy

A husband is accused of murdering his wife for a life insurance payout of $250,000 (£190,000).

Yuan Hua Liang was found dead in her marital home with Christopher Collins, 41, who police say went to 'great lengths' to convince investigators she was killed by intruders.

The couple from Cypress in Texas, US, had just two days earlier put pen to paper on a life insurance policy worth £190,000, according to court documents.

Prosecutors say 41-year-old Yuan was killed by a single gunshot wound to the head, the Mirror reports.

Authorities believe Collins used a .22- or .25-caliber firearm and according to court documents, was later found with a .22-mm cartridge inside his pocket.

Deputies added that a neighbour had reported hearing an argument from the home the same day Liang's body was discovered by authorities.

A police report states Collins called Harris County Sheriff's Deputies to request a welfare check on his wife.

Collins called the non-emergency hotline at roughly 3.15pm and said his wife had text him about someone breaking into their home while he was at the gym, he told police according to 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.

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"The deputy entered the residence with the husband and they discovered the wife deceased, inside the house."

Court documents state that 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.

'"(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.

Collins is being held on a $150,000 bond and is expected to make his first court appearance on Monday.

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