Missouri man facing death penalty for murdering wife and stuffing body in suitcase

The trial of a Missouri man accused of killing his live-in Chinese wife and stuffing her body in a suitcase has been set for March, a judge said. Clayton County prosecutor Amy Elliott declined…

Missouri man facing death penalty for murdering wife and stuffing body in suitcase

The trial of a Missouri man accused of killing his live-in Chinese wife and stuffing her body in a suitcase has been set for March, a judge said.

Clayton County prosecutor Amy Elliott declined to say whether she would seek the death penalty against Shi Jiayi, 41, whose trial is set to begin on 14 March.

Elliott told reporters outside the courthouse on Friday that jurors will hear more testimony from witnesses, including a University of Cincinnati forensic pathologist. Jurors will also see social media posts that show Shi suspected he was having an affair and broke up with her.

Qin had been married to Shi for eight years. They had two sons, one of whom is now a student in China.

Shi is accused of killing Qin on 17 June 2017, stuffing her body in a suitcase, then loading it onto his sister’s car at a Greyhound bus station. The trunk of the car was sealed with packing tape. Police said the car was later spotted in northeast Kentucky. They found her body in the trunk.

A coroner ruled that Qin died from head injuries.

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