Portland man admits killing wife in 2013

Police searched suspect's sink, drain for evidence

Le Huang, 47, shown in a jail booking photo after being booked by Portland police.
Le Huang, 47, shown in a jail booking photo after being booked by Portland police.

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — As Le J. Huang shuffled his way into Judge Eric J. Bergstrom’s courtroom escorted by two deputies, his repeated glances toward the two family members of his wife, Dixiang, and their one friend were never acknowledged.

Dixiang Huang’s family sat in the Multnomah County courtroom as Le Huang entered a plea in her death more than a year ago.

As Bergstrom carefully went over the terms of the plea agreement, a sense of frustration developed amongst those in the courtroom as Huang continued to hedge his role in the killing of his wife and the mother of their two children, aged 4 and 7.

Through a Chinese interrupter, Huang said “the violence was committed by her.”

The investigation

Police found Dixiang Huang dead inside her house in the 3000 block of SE 92nd Avenue on April 30, 2013.

Le Huang was not home when police arrived and a search for him began.

46-year-old Le Huang is sought in connection with the murder of his 33-year-old wife, found dead in Southeast Portland home Tuesday, April 30. (Portland Police Bureau)
46-year-old Le Huang is sought in connection with the murder of his 33-year-old wife, found dead in Southeast Portland home Tuesday, April 30. (Portland Police Bureau)

He was found hiding in Seattle May 4 by officers with the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force.

His attorney, Ernest Warrant Jr., filed a motion for Huang to be released, but Judge Christopher J. Marshall denied bail on August 5.

A grand jury originally indicated Huang with one count each of murder constituting domestic violence and unlawful use of a weapon.

The medical examiner said the 33-year-old woman died from asphyxiation. She had also been stabbed several times with scissors, police said.

The case

Le Huang maintains his wife caused the fight.

The case was scheduled to go to trial in August 2014 but a plea agreement was reached.

As part of the agreement, Huang pleaded guilty to the lesser included charge of first-degree manslaughter and unlawful use of a weapon.

Deputy district attorney Chris Mascal said the motive for the killing was Le Huang’s suspected infidelity.

Mascal said Dixiang fought “the best she could” but was over powered by her husband.

The sentence

When given a chance to speak, Huang asked for clarification about why he would be given a chance to speak — a sign of the cultural differences exposed in the case.

In the end, he said he didn’t have a statement before being sentenced.

Deputy district attorney Chris Mascal said the total sentence of just over 19 years is broken down to 17 years for the killing, another 2.5 years for the unlawful use of a weapon charge.

Judge Bergstrom sentenced Huang, and will allow him to get credit for time already served. It is estimated he will spent at least 18 years in Oregon state prison.

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