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Release*†††††††††††††††† Date: July 9, 2013
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County Prosecutorís Office
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† *News Release*†††††††††††††††† Date: July 9, 2013
Monroe woman convicted of murder; hindering
County Acting Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced that a
††††††††† A jury sitting in
The jury also found Li guilty of hindering her apprehension and prosecution by denying that she accessed the poison that was used to kill her husband. Mr. Wang died on January 26, 2011.
who has remained in custody since her arrest following the homicide, will be
sentenced to 30 years to life in prison when she is sentenced in
The jury of six women and six men deliberated for about two hours today before finding Li guilty. Deliberations initially began on July 2, 2013, but one juror was dismissed after citing a financial hardship. An alternate juror was assigned today and Judge Toto ordered the panel to begin deliberations anew.
a six-week trial, Middlesex County Acting Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor
Christie L. Bevacqua and Middlesex County Acting Assistant Prosecutor Allysa
Gambarella presented evidence and testimony showing Li administered poison to
her husband in
††††††††† During the trial an FBI expert testified that a fatal dose of the poison, identified as thallium, was administered the week of January 10, 2011.
††††††††† The prosecution further contended that following the death of Mr. Wang, Li gave false information to police on January 26, 2011 when they were initially assigned to investigate the death.
was arrested and charged following the investigation by Lt. Jason Grosser of
the Monroe Township Police Department and Investigator
The investigation determined that Li and Mr. Wang, who were in the process of getting a divorce, had been involved in a series of domestic disturbances since April 2009.
It was further determined that Li, who had been employed for 10 years as a chemist at Bristol-Myers Squibb, had obtained the thallium, a highly-toxic metal, and administered a portion of the substance to her husband between November 16, 2010, and January 26, 2011.
becoming ill with apparent flu-like symptoms, Mr. Wang admitted himself to the
A series of tests, completed on January 25, 2011, determined that he had been poisoned with thallium. Mr. Wang died at the hospital the following day.
Members of the New Jersey State Police Hazardous Materials Unit and the Middlesex County Hazardous Materials Unit subsequently undertook an extensive investigation at Mr. Wangís home, and concluded that no one else was exposed to thallium.