Murderer of Chinese student in Iowa gets life jail term

In September 2014, a murder happened in Iowa State, the United States, grabbed media attention, as the body was found in the trunk of a car.

Ex-boyfriend of the killed was later arrested in China after he fled back to home country.

The suspect surnamed Li was convicted of murder on Tuesday and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Li and the victim, Shao, met each other in 2011 in Beijing. The two developed a romantic relationship after both going to the U.S. to study.

On Sept. 7, 2014, the two had a fight in a motel room in Iowa. Li then strangled the victim and flew back to China after stuffing the body in the trunk of a Toyota car.

An autopsy shows Shao had been asphyxiated.

Li surrendered to police in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province on May 13th, 2015, and then was charged of intentional homicide.

SOUNDBITE (CHINESE): XU JIANXIN, Head of Wenzhou Intermediate Court
“The suspect booked a one-way ticket back to China in advance. He also bought tools of crime and used them all in the crime. Therefore, the murder was clearly premeditated.”

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