Massachusetts man who ran over ex-wife charged with murder

The scene in Quincy, Mass., where Zhen Li was found dead in September 2016

CBS Boston

QUINCY, Mass. - A man who ran over his ex-wife with a minivan last year is now facing charges for murder, reports CBS Boston.

Last fall Yan Long Chow, 55, was described as inconsolable and distraught over the death of his ex-wife, Zhen Li, but now the station reports that prosecutors believe he intentionally killed her.

In September 2016, Quincy police were called to a home where Zhen Li was lying dead in the driveway. The couple was reportedly said to be divorced but still living together and involved in business relationships.

Chow reportedly told police he accidentally hit their house with their Toyota minivan and Li was flung from the vehicle.

However in court documents, investigators said Chow had run over his ex-wife at least four times with the van.

Chow’s attorney insists Li’s death was an accident.

“My client maintains his innocence. He loves his family including his ex-wife and he looks forward to vindicating himself in court,” said defense attorney Scott Martin.

The station reports that the Chow had allegedly been on a two-day gambling bender in Boston the day before Li died. She reportedly confronted him about it, saying she was going to move back to China without him.

Martin defended his client saying, “There is no motive. He stood to gain nothing from that.”

Chow is being held without bail.