Chemist sentenced to life


A US-based chemist has been sentenced to life for murdering her husband with thallium that she obtained from her work at Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS). Tianle Li, who was found guilty earlier this year of poisoning her husband and hindering her prosecution, will not be eligible for parole for over 60 years.

Li's husband, Xiaoye Wang, died on 26 January after checking himself into the University Medical Centre in Princeton with flu-like symptoms earlier in the month. During the trial the jury heard how the positive result for thallium poisoning was delivered to doctors treating Wang just one day before he died. They also heard how, in November 2012, Li had obtained bottles of a thallium salt from BMS, before returning a smaller amount.


Related Content

Fallout from rogue US drug lab chemist could lead to thousands of retrials

28 May 2015 News and Analysis

news image

Ruling by Massachusetts court means defendants in drug cases can pursue retrials without fear of harsher sentences

Chemist found guilty of murder

17 July 2013 News and Analysis

news image

Tianle Li poisoned her husband with thallium obtained from the lab where she worked

Most Read

Agatha Christie, the queen of crime chemistry

28 August 2015 Feature

news image

Kathryn Harkup looks at how Agatha Christie used her chemical training in her detective novels

Simple chemistry saving thousands of gold miners from mercury poisoning

25 August 2015 News and Analysis

news image

Basic apparatus is cutting mercury pollution and helping Indonesian miners go for gold

Most Commented

A risky business

28 August 2015 In the Pipeline

news image

Graduate research is likely the most risky time of a chemist’s career, says Derek Lowe

Exploiting the data mine

13 August 2015 Feature

news image

Chemists must embrace open data to allow us to collectively get the best out of the masses of new knowledge we unearth, repor...