Murder trial of Columbia man is postponed

February 09, 2000|By A SUN STAFF WRITER

The trial of a 51-year-old Columbia man accused of fatally shooting his wife and wounding his stepdaughter in the parking lot of the Howard County Circuit Courthouse last year has been postponed until next month.

Tuse S. Liu was scheduled to be tried on murder and attempted-murder charges next week, but his lawyer requested a delay to allow a defense psychiatrist to evaluate Liu's psychiatric records.

Liu, who reportedly had hoped to use an insanity defense, was examined by state psychiatrists and found to be criminally responsible and competent to stand trial.

Public defender Louis P. Willimen said in motions hearings that he still might use the insanity defense.

Judge Diane O. Leasure granted Liu's request Feb. 1 and rescheduled the trial for March 24.

Liu was arrested shortly after the shooting March 11.

He is accused of killing his wife, So Shan Chan, 52, and wounding her daughter, Wing Sau Wu, 27.

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