Release* Date: May 5, 2011
County Prosecutor’s Office
*News Release* Date: May 5, 2011
Monroe woman indicted on murder, hindering charges
Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced that
Tianle Li (DOB 4/7/70) was charged with murder and hindering her apprehension or prosecution in the death January 26, 2011, of Xiaoye Wang, a 39-year-old computer software engineer who lived with her at 26 Stanley Drive in Monroe.
The indictment charged that Li administered poison to her
victim between November 16, 2010, and January 26, 2011, in
The indictment further charged that Li gave false
information to police in
Li was arrested and 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 November 16, 2010, and January 26, 2011.
becoming ill with apparent flu-like symptoms, Mr. Wang checked himself into the
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.
Following the death, members of the New Jersey State Police Hazardous Materials Unit and the Middlesex County Hazardous Materials Unit undertook an extensive investigation at Mr. Wang’s home, and concluded that no one else was exposed to thallium
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, Li is presumed innocent until proven guilty.