Eau Claire County (WQOW)- Murder charges were filed Tuesday against an Altoona man accused of killing his girlfriend last week in the home they shared.
41-year-old Ying Xiong was charged Tuesday with first degree intentional homicide in the death of 35-year-old Panhia Vue. Police say she was strangled to death, and her upper torso badly burned.
New details emerged from the criminal complaint Tuesday. It alleges that Xiong told officers "I'm sorry for what I did, but she did something stupid". Police say he went on to tell them that he had been married twice before, and both times the women left him for other men.
The Altoona Police Department say the two had a baby together in January. Police also say that the two had domestic issues in the past, and at some point, Vue had kicked Xiong out of the house. Investigators also say there were signs of a struggle in a basement bedroom the two shared. They believe that happened on Sunday, the last day Vue was seen alive. Detectives say they found a broken hair clip and a hole in the closet door. Police say other residents of the house told them Xiong came home the next night, rushed downstairs to the same bedroom and locked the door. They say he left in her car early the next morning.
When Xiong was arrested the next day police found more than $19,000 on him. They also found a unique necklace they say belonged to Vue. Investigators determined from interviews that Xiong had no known employment and that a substantial amount of cash was missing from the residence.
If convicted, Xiong could face life behind bars.
A translator was present for his court appearance today. His next court appearance is scheduled for July 9th.
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