A Texas wife has been charged with murdering her husband then trying to pass his death off as a suicide.
Police responded to the home of 34-year-old Steven Hafer on Newpark Drive in Houston on at 4.10pm on February 2 after his wife, Thu Thien Huynh, called 911 to report that her husband had killed himself in the couple’s bedroom.
After interviewing Huynh, officers found suspicious evidence that led them to conclude that the 29-year-old shot Hafer, according to a press release from the police department.
During Huynh’s preliminary court hearing held last week, prosecutors said the shotgun used in the shooting had been wiped clean and the trajectory of the bullet did not match a self-inflicted wound, reported Houston Chronicle.
They also said that Huynh, a Vietnamese native who moved to the US in 2004, kept changing her story about fatal incident, and she later admitted to having an extramarital affair with an ex-boyfriend.
Huynh’s defense attorney slammed the murder charge filed against his client as a ‘rush to judgement’ and said that evidence will show that she did nothing to harm her husband.
Steven Hafer, a native of Michigan who worked as a civil engineer for a Houston construction company specializing in public works, married Huynh in August 2014 and the couple have a 2-year-old daughter.
The wife had previously worked as a nurse at a cancer treatment center but has been out of work since 2015.
Friends and family described Hafer as a devoted husband and father who worked hard to provide for his family.
‘He was an awesome, awesome, awesome guy,’ said Hafer’s former college roommate and close friend Josh Becker.
‘He was just loaded with integrity and morals and amazingness. He was the type of guy I would gladly have my daughters marry.’
Becker, who lives in Florida, told the paper that when Hafer, his wife and baby daughter came to visit him, Huynh appeared to him as ‘almost angel-like,’ making the allegations of murder against her all the more shocking to him.
Steven Hafer’s parents, Chery and Paul Hafer, tell ABC 13 that when Steven and Thu visited them with their daughter during the winter holidays, it seemed that the couple were having some problems, but they thought nothing of it at the time.
Paul Hafer also revealed that his son and daughter-in-law have been plagued by financial problems as of late.
The last time Paul and Chery spoke to their son, he told them he was planning to leave his wife and take their daughter to live with them in Michigan.
About four days after that conversation, Paul Hafer says he got a text message from their daughter-in-law informing them that their son had shot himself.
‘We know that our son is in Heaven where he belongs with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,’ Mr Hafer said, breaking down in tears, ‘but it’s just too awful right now.’
Huynh, a native of Vietnam, immigrated to the US in 2004 and eventually became a naturalized citizen. Her mother still lives in Vietnam.
During her court appearance last Monday, a sobbing Huynh had her bond set at $50,000 and was ordered to surrender her passport.