Quincy Man Acquitted On Charges Of Killing Ex-Wife


A Norfolk Superior Court jury on Tuesday found a Quincy man not guilty on charges he killed his former wife by driving over her in the driveway outside of their shared home.

Yan Long Chow, age 57, was facing a charge of murder in the death of his former wife, Zhen Li. The jury began its deliberations Monday afternoon and returned its verdict before noon on Tuesday.

David Traub, the spokesman for Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey, said the DA’s office “respects the jury’s verdict but has no further comment.”

Quincy police responded to 21 Philips Street, where Chow and Li resided, on Sept. 2, 2016 on a report of a single-vehicle collision within the driveway involving a pedestrian. Li, age 52, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A grand jury indicted Chow on the murder charge in March 2017.

The indictment alleged Chow drove over Li four separate times in the driveway on Sept. 2, 2016. Police said Li became stuck under the minivan the first time Chow struck her while driving forward up the driveway. Chow then put the Sienna into reverse, dragging Li underneath; Li’s body then came out from under the vehicle in front of the van, at which point Chow drove forward over her body and then drove over her body again while backing up.

During the investigation into Li’s death, police learned from family members and neighbors that she and Chow often argued, primarily about Chow’s gambling, the indictment stated. They said Li had indicated to her mother she was upset with Chow the day before her death because he had not returned home for two days because he was gambling in Boston.

Chow and Li had been married in China before moving to the U.S., according to the indictment. They were divorced in 2005 while living in New Hampshire, but continued to live and work together until Li’s death. Chow and Li had two adult children and shared ownership of a Boston restaurant.

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