Release* Date: February 8, 2011
County Prosecutor’s Office
*News Release* Date: February 8, 2011
Tianle Li (DOB 4/7/70) was charged with the January 26, 2011, death of Xiaoye Wang, a 39-year-old computer software engineer who lived with his wife at 26 Stanley Drive in the township.
Li was charged following an investigation by Sgt. Jason Grosser of the Monroe Township Police Department and Investigator Jeffrey Temple of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.
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 an undisclosed quantity of thallium, a highly-toxic metal, and administered a portion of the substance to her husband between December 2010 and January 2011.
becoming ill with apparent flu-like symptoms, Mr. Wang checked himself into
Officials at the hospital immediately notified authorities, who began the investigation. Mr. Wang was pronounced dead at the hospital on January 26, 2011, at 3:10 p.m.
The results of an autopsy performed by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office concluded that Mr. Wang died from thallium poisoning and that the manner of death was homicide.
Prosecutor Kaplan thanked officials at the hospital and at Bristol-Myers Squibb for their quick response and cooperation during the extensive investigation.
prosecutor also cited invaluable assistance from special agents at the FBI
The hazardous materials specialists, who undertook an extensive investigation at Mr. Wang’s home, concluded that no one else was exposed to thallium
Li initially was arrested on January 28, 2011 and was charged with a count of hindering her own apprehension for providing police with false statements during the investigation into Mr. Wang’s death.
is being held at the
with information is asked to contact Sgt. Grosser at the Monroe Township Police
Department at (732) 521-0222, or
As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Li are merely accusations and she is presumed innocent until proven guilty.