Christopher Collins and Yuanhua Liang signed a life insurance policy. Two days later she was dead.
THELast Thursday, Christopher Collins called Texas Police from a gym and asked them to do a wellness check. His wife, Yuanhua Liang, texted him about an intruder in their house, he claimed, and now he could not reach her.
The 41-year-old husband – a freelance graphic designer and financial advisor, according to his various social media profiles – reportedly told cops he didn’t rush home because Liang could be paranoid at times. When Collins met with Harris County MPs at the couple’s residence, they found Liang shot dead in the living room.
Now Collins is charged with her murder, and investigators say he “went to great lengths” to make it look like someone else killed her. According to prosecutors’ statements at a Thanksgiving morning hearing, Collins told officers that he and Liang did not keep guns or “live ammunition.” He also claimed that they did not have life insurance.
But authorities searching the property found a document for a $ 250,000 life insurance policy on a desk. Collins and Liang signed the documents on Nov. 16, just two days before Liang’s alleged murder, ABC13 reported in Houston.
During Thursday’s hearing, prosecutors said Liang’s body was found with a sleep mask on his face and a bag wrapped around his head. They suggested that when an accused killer has a “personal relationship” with his target, he does not “want to see his face when he dies.”
Collins quickly became a suspect, police said, as several aspects of his story did not match. They said the couple’s residence showed no signs of trespassing and gym surveillance footage showed Collins pacing the facility for 45 minutes, then training for 5 minutes, after receiving the urgent text from his wife . The video then revealed that Collins was making a phone call at the gym cafe.
The husband reportedly told officers his home had security cameras, but he didn’t think about checking them when his wife complained of an intruder.
Meanwhile, police discovered Liang’s wallet and makeup bag in Collins’ locker at the gym which was opened by a fitness center employee. Prior to this discovery, Collins reportedly reported Liang’s wallet missing.
Authorities say they also found a live .22 caliber bullet in Collins’ pocket, and Liang was shot with a similar small caliber weapon.
Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputies re-questioned Collins on Wednesday before arresting him in connection with Liang’s murder.
Collins was not present for his hearing the next day, Click 2 Houston reported, as he was in the detention center’s mental health unit. A judge set Collins’ bail at $ 150,000 and scheduled a follow-up court appearance for Monday.
A Click 2 Houston reporter said she spoke to Collins briefly after Liang’s death, but “he was very upset and asked for confidentiality.”
TO press conference last week, Staff Sgt. Ben Beall of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were called to the couple’s home two weeks before the alleged murder, after someone reported an intruder on their property.
âAt this point it seems like a traumatic death,â Beall said. “We are interviewing neighbors and looking for other witnesses here.”
Liang, 46, appeared to be passing by “Kiki” on social media. She and Collins were active on TikTok and Instagram, where they ran accounts dedicated to their dog, Coco, and another nickname called âkikiandchrisyoga,â with a bio that read, âHusband and wife. To do yoga. Live green. Live in good health. Chicken farming. Love your bodies!
On November 15, Collins shared his illustration work on TikTok with a caption that read, “I’m still trying to raise money for the family. Please order me. A month earlier, Collins was showing a drawing of his wife designed with a text background that read: “Trust Yourself Above All.”
The couple also set up a GoFundMe page and a site called TheTommyFoundation.com to solicit donations for their kitten, which they said required surgery. âWe have welcomed and raised over 20 animals over the past 5 years,â the website says, adding, âThe website is new and will grow over time as our foundation will help more and more babies to fur across the country Please consider donating all you can All of this helps Every penny.
Another website, DenverTheBear.com, is linked to Collins’ Instagram account and appears to be a fashion company run by the accused killer. The streetwear page refers to him by the nickname “Slippyninja Collins” and says he is “an artist from out of Boston” and “disabled vet and 2x cancer survivor”.
“He has traveled all over the world and clashed with elites around the world,” the website says. “He’s been a designer for years and is now getting into the designer footwear game.”
Police reports suggest Collins may have been experiencing recent financial problems.
After his wife’s fatal shooting, Collins reportedly told detectives his vehicle had been repossessed and he was currently driving a rental car.
Liang appeared to be supporting Collins in his TikTok posts, including promoting his Denver The Bear sneaker models, which Collins advertised as being made in Italy. “Guys, my husband released his premium shoe brand,” she wrote in a March post, with a GIF that read, “Success takes practice.”
A month earlier, Liang had shared a TikTok slideshow that stated, âSince my husband got sick, we have been on a strict diet. She detailed their use of intermittent fasting and anti-inflammatory foods and added, âNow he’s lost 34 pounds and is healthy despite the chemo. And the best news is we’ve seen a 70% reduction in tumor size. “
âNow we are moving forward. Continue our journey to health, âshe wrote. “Thanks everyone for the support.”
In a January TikTok, Liang wrote, âUntil 2 months ago, I was exercising. Everyday. Then. My husband had cancer. Everything changed.”
His caption read: âThe 1940s and our life has only just begun. New health. New life.”