Irvine Man Accused of Killing Wife


IRVINE (CNS) - A 42-year-old Irvine man was behind bars today on suspicion of killing his wife, who he was convicted of beating last year, police said.

Yunlong Bai called his probation officer at about 1 p.m. Tuesday to report that he killed his 33-year-old wife, Chao Chen, according to Sgt. Karie Davies of the Irvine Police Department. The suspect waited for police at his residence on Red Apple Court in Irvine, Davies said.

The victim ``had signs of trauma,'' Davies said, declining to be more specific. An autopsy is tentatively scheduled for next week, she said.

Bai and Chen were married for 13 years.

Bai pleaded guilty Nov. 20 to misdemeanor violation of a protective or stay-away order involving Chen. He was sentenced Dec. 11 to three years of probation and 120 days in jail, according to court records.

He was convicted at trial Nov. 18 of misdemeanor battery involving Chen. He was sentenced Dec. 11 in that case to three years of probation, eight hours of community service, 1,220 days in jail and ordered to participate in a batterer's treatment program.

Bai was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on a probation violation. He was being held on $1.1 million bail.

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