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A 46-year-old Lincolnwood restaurant owner has been charged with strangling a Chicago woman who was eight months pregnant with his child and then hiding her body, prosecutors said Thursday.
On Thursday, Cook County Judge Marie Marubio refused bail for Shinyal, 46, during a hearing broadcast live on YouTube.
Shen was charged with first-degree murder, intentional homicide and concealed homicide, according to Chicago police.
The victim, 40-year-old Bilian Fang, was last seen on October 9 in the 3000 block of South Lock Street near the city’s Chinatown, according to prosecutors and the Chicago Missing Persons Report. Fang’s body was found on the outskirts of Stickney earlier this week.
According to prosecutors, the two were dating, and on the afternoon of October 9, they left the Lincolnwood restaurant owned by Shen, drove to Shen’s house, and began arguing over money.
Shen entered the home where he lived with his ex-wife and children, and Fang went to the front porch and started sobbing. Shen and Fang got into the car again after his ex-wife told him there was a “weeping woman” on the porch, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors said Fang called her 14-year-old daughter at about 10:50 p.m. on Shen’s cell phone because Shen had broken her phone during a fight the day before. Fang asked her daughter to contact a friend of Fang and ask him to pick her up at 36th Street and California Avenue, prosecutors said.
After friends went there but couldn’t find Fang, the teenager called again, and Shen replied that Fang “can go if she wants,” according to prosecutors.
Fang called her daughter again, and that’s when the teen heard Shen arguing with Fang backstage, prosecutors said. The daughter called for the third time after midnight and no one answered.
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The two continued to fight when Shen started driving, and after Fang slapped him in the face, Shen began to grab her by the neck with his hands, prosecutors said. He let go to keep Fang awake, but after they continued their fight, Shen became worried that Fang would call the police and he allegedly suffocated her again and she lost consciousness.
After she stopped breathing, Shen tried to perform CPR on her, then dumped her body in a water recovery area in Stickney, covered her with branches, and Toss her pink jacket into a wooded area.
Detectives used cellphone data to track his whereabouts that night and obtained video of Shen at several locations, including on I-55 southbound and near Morton College near the football field, where he stopped for about 45 minutes before driving to Stickney and then back home, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors said her body was found using the same cellphone data, and police found her pink jacket containing her ID, keys, cash and a handwritten note in Cantonese with Shen’s signature on it. It read: “I’m sorry. I’m not a good person. I made you suffer. I was cheated. I know it was irresponsible for me to leave you. I hope we don’t meet in another life.”
An autopsy on Tuesday determined Fang died from multiple injuries in an attack, and her death was ruled a homicide, according to the medical examiner’s office. Prosecutors said a separate autopsy was conducted on the unborn child and the cause of death was ruled homicide, which, according to prosecutors, would have survived if the baby had been born when Fang was killed.
During his detention, Shen told police he had done “very bad things”, wanted to kill himself but couldn’t, and was afraid of going to jail, so he didn’t turn himself in, prosecutors said.
Shen is scheduled to appear in court again on November 11.