Fri, Jul 06, 2007 - Page 4 News List

Multiple suspects sought in elderly woman's murder

TEAM EFFORT Twenty-seven-year-old Chen Hsiu-yi has already confessed to the killing of Lee Chuo-shuang, but prosecutors believe others were involved

By Rich Chang  /  STAFF REPORTER

A 75 year-old woman murdered last Friday was stabbed 15 times, leading Taichung prosecutors to suspect that more than one attacker was involved, they said yesterday.

Taichung Prosecutor Huang Jen-hung (黃仁宏) told reporters that Lee Chuo-shuang (李卓霜) had two wounds on her her head, two on her neck and 11 on her hands and legs. The fatal wound was to the back of her neck, he said.

"Because the victim suffered so many injuries, we suspect that more than one person committed the murder," Huang said.

Chen Hsiu-yi (陳秀宜), 27, told police on Tuesday that she had killed Lee, her mother-in-law, after a quarrel and dumped her body in a garbage truck.

Initially, Chen said that she had two accomplices. But she later insisted she had acted alone.

Chen told investigators that she had overheard a phone conversation between Lee and her daughter in which Lee accused Chen of stealing her money.

Chen said she became angry and, after quarreling, pushed Lee down the stairs and attacked her with a knife.

Police found Lee's body on Wednesday afternoon in a valley in Shalu (沙鹿), Taichung County.

Police said neighbors had told them that Chen was deep in debt and had often argued with her mother-in-law, who lived with her.

Lee's children reported her missing to police, who began to suspect foul play after several days of fruitless searching.

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