A husband has been charged with murdering his wife after she was found dead just two days after signing a life insurance policy worth $250,000 (£190,000).

The body of Yuan Hua Liang was found in the Texas home she shared with her husband Christopher Collins, 41.

Police said Collins went to 'great lengths' to convince investigators his wife was killed by intruders in their Cypress home.

But prosecutors say the 41-year-old killed his wife with a single gunshot wound to the head.

Authorities believe the bullet was fired from a .22- or .25-caliber firearm and according to court documents officers later found a .22-mm cartridge inside Collins' pocket.

Christopher Collins has been charged with murder

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.

The couple's four dogs were in the garden at the time of the purported 'home invasion'

"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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