An Anchorage man charged in his wife’s shooting death told detectives it was an accident, but he now faces murder charges.

Chue Yang, 31, was originally charged with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide in the death of Nancy Xiong, 29, who was found dead at their home on Klevin Street on Sunday, Nov. 3.

On Wednesday, a grand jury returned an indictment on charges of first- and second-degree murder.

Court documents say the Anchorage Police Department received a 911 call around midnight Nov. 3 from a person who said someone was dead and that "the husband had blood all over him."

When police arrived, the probable cause affidavit says a family member received a call from Yang saying that the person's sister was dead. The document states Xiong's family began driving to her home on Klevin Street. 

"As they arrived near the home, they observed Chue Yang walking in the street covered in blood," the affidavit says.

Family members saw Xiong dead inside the apartment. Court documents say Yang returned to the home, locked himself in a bedroom within a trailer and refused to come out. The affidavit says police officers kicked in the door to the bedroom and found Yang alone covered in blood.

Police investigate a homicide Sunday, Nov. 3 at a home on Klevin Street where a woman was reported dead. (Bryan Dunagan / KTVA)

Officers found Xiong's body on a bed in the next room. Yang was placed into custody. According to court records, Yang said he and his wife were at a party earlier in the night. Xiong left the party before Yang who arrived at their home later.

The affidavit says Yang was showing his wife how to protect herself from intruders with a handgun. Yang said Xiong was lying on her side on one of their children's beds, and he was pointing the gun in her direction while showing it to her.

"Yang stated that the gun went 'boom," the affidavit reads.

‘She lived in fear of him’

At his arraignment Sunday, Yang said he did not have a source of income, describing himself as a "full-time dad."

In front of a courtroom gallery packed with his wife’s family members, Assistant District Attorney Betsy Bull told the judge that while the current charges against Yang are manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide, the investigation is ongoing, and the state could seek murder charges in the future.

"What the court should know is that the defendant hid the gun he used to kill his wife. He did not call 911. He fled the scene and was found covered in blood, and he shot her with at least two children present, one in the room adjacent to her," Bull told the judge.

She requested a $200,000 cash bail, with a required third-party custodian.

"We've learned through the investigation and interviews with the family that the defendant and the victim had a very violent relationship," Bull said, "and she lived in fear of him every day."

The judge noted Yang attempted to portray the shooting as an accident "but some of the facts suggest otherwise," and granted the state's request.

Yang has also been ordered to have no contact with his wife’s relatives, including the two minor children who are witnesses in the case.

If you are facing threatened or actual domestic violence, help is available. Please discreetly call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or Abused Women's Aid in Crisis in Anchorage at 907-272-0100.

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