Convicted Murderer Released


A convicted murderer is released from prison under supervised probation. Chen Shi pleaded guilty two years ago to the 1996 murder of Zihui Liu, a fellow international student at Jacksonville State University. Liu was a 27 year old computer science student. She was reported missing by her roommate, who said she had not come home the night before. We sat down with Jacksonville Assistant Police Chief Bill Wineman who was part of the investigation, he tells us Shi soon became the lead suspect. Chief Wineman says they continued to search for him, but were unsuccessful. Two months after Liu was reported missing, her body was found badly decomposed in a ditch on the side of Highway 431. After years of evading arrest, Shi was finally caught in Minnesota. Chief Wineman says that Shi did not give up without a fight. Shi was brought back to Alabama where he served four years. He finally pled guilty in December 2015 and was sentenced to 20 years. At the time it was reported that Shi would be deported back to China. However Shi’s sentence was suspended and he was released yesterday afternoon on supervised probation. Chief Wineman says Shi is supposed to meet with a probation officer, but believes he won’t be seen again.

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