Inmate hangs himself in NC Central Prison

tmcdonald@newsobserver.comFebruary 7, 2014 

— A 46-year-old man convicted in September of killing his wife and pregnant sister used a bed sheet to hang himself Thursday afternoon at Raleigh’s Central Prison, according to the state Department of Corrections.

Corrections officers found Guanghui Lei hanging in his cell just before 2 p.m. He was taken to the emergency room at the prison’s medical center, where doctors were unable to revive him, said prisons spokesman Keith Acree.

Lei was serving three consecutive life sentences for the April 2013 shooting deaths of his wife and his pregnant sister in Greensboro. He was admitted to prison in September.

Greensboro police began looking for Lei’s wife, Yan Wu, on April 18 after one of her co-workers at UNC-Greensboro filed a missing persons report because she had failed to show up for work over several days, according to the Greensboro Police Department.

Detectives were unable to locate Wu, 42, or her husband, but later that same day, police were notified by authorities in Germantown, Tenn., that they had found Lei and his two minor children. Tennessee authorities told Greensboro investigators that Lei confessed to killing his wife and sister and that they needed to check the couple’s home.

Greensboro officers went to the home and found Wu and Lei’s sister, Bi Fang Liu, dead inside a bedroom from multiple gunshot wounds. Liu was due to give birth in August, police said.

A Guilford County prosecutor said Lei and Wu had financial difficulties. Lei had become jealous of his more successful brother in-law who had recently come to visit from China, according to The News & Record newspaper in Greensboro.

Lei was charged by police with two counts of first-degree murder. He accepted a plea deal in September to avoid the death penalty, according to The News & Record.

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