Christopher Collins and Yuanhua Liang signed a life insurance policy. Two days later, she was dead.

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LLast Thursday, Christopher Collins called Texas police from a gymnasium and asked them to conduct a wellness check. His wife, Yuanhua Liang, had texted him about an intruder in their home, he claimed, and now he couldn’t reach her.

The 41-year-old husband – a freelance graphic designer and financial adviser, according to his various social media profiles – allegedly told cops he was not rushing home because Liang could be paranoid at times. When Collins met Harris County deputies 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 during a hearing on Thanksgiving morning, Collins told officers that he and Liang did not keep firearms or “live ammunition.” He also claimed that they had no life insurance.

But authorities searching the property found a document for a $250,000 life insurance policy on a desk. Collins and Liang had signed the documents on Nov. 16, just two days before Liang’s alleged murder, ABC13 in Houston reported.

At Thursday’s hearing, prosecutors said Liang’s body was found with a sleeping mask over his face and a bag wrapped around his head. They suggested that when an accused killer has a “personal relationship” with their target, they don’t “want to see their face while they die”.

Collins quickly became a suspect, police said, because several aspects of his story did not match. They said the couple’s residence showed no signs of intrusion, and surveillance footage from the gym showed Collins pacing around the facility for 45 minutes and then working out for 5 minutes, after having received the urgent SMS 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 to check them when his wife complained about an intruder.

Meanwhile, police discovered Liang’s wallet and cosmetic 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 that Liang was shot with a similar small-caliber firearm.

On Wednesday, deputies from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office re-interviewed Collins before arresting him in connection with Liang’s murder.

Collins was not present for his hearing the next day, Click 2 Houston reported, because 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 on 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.”

AT press conference last week, 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.

“At this point, it seems like a traumatic death,” Beall said. “We are interviewing neighbors and looking for other witnesses here.”

Liang, 46, seemed to go 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 handful titled “kikiandchrisyoga,” with a bio that reads, “Husband and wife. Do yoga. Live green. Live healthy Chicken farming Love your bodies!

On Nov. 15, Collins shared his illustration work on TikTok with a caption that read, “Still trying to raise money for the family. Please commission me. A month earlier, Collins showed a drawing of his wife designed with text background that read, “Trust yourself above all else.”

The couple also set up a GoFundMe page and a site called TheTommyFoundation.com to solicit donations for their kitten, which they said needed surgery. “We have fed and raised over 20 animals over the past 5 years,” the website says, adding, “The website is new and will grow over time as our foundation will help more and more babies fur across the country. Please consider giving all you can. All of this helps. Every penny.

Another website, DenverTheBear.com, links to Collins’ Instagram account and appears to be a fashion business run by the accused killer. The streetwear page refers to him as “Slippyninja Collins” and says he’s “an artist from out of Boston” and “disabled vet and 2x cancer survivor.”

“He has traveled all over the world and rubbed elbows with elites around the world,” the website says. “He’s been a designer for years and is now getting into the designer shoe game.”

Police reports suggest Collins may have had recent financial problems.

After the fatal shooting of his wife, Collins reportedly told detectives that his vehicle had been repossessed and he was currently driving a rental car.

Liang appeared to support Collins in his TikTok posts, including promoting his Denver The Bear sneaker designs, which Collins advertised as made in Italy. “Guys, my husband has released his brand of high-end shoes,” she wrote in a March post, along with a GIF declaring, “Success takes practice.”

A month prior, Liang shared a TikTok slideshow that stated, “Since my husband got sick, we’ve been on a strict diet.” She detailed their use of intermittent fasting and anti-inflammatory foods and added, “Now he has lost 34 pounds and is healthy despite chemo. And the best news is that we saw a 70% reduction in tumor size. »

“Now we are moving forward. Continue our journey to health,” she wrote. “Thank you all for your help.”

In a January TikTok, Liang wrote, “Until 2 months ago I was exercising. Everyday. Then. My husband had cancer. Everything changed.”

His caption read: “40 years and our life has only just begun. New health. New life.”

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