The coroner’s office Monday released the name of a dentist who was allegedly stabbed to death in an Irvine parking lot by a man who suspected the victim of having an affair with his wife.
Xuan Liu was 54 years old, according to the coroner’s office. No city of residence was noted, but Liu had a dental practice in Irvine, where the suspect’s wife, Huaying Chen, worked last summer, according to divorce court documents.
Charges are expected to be filed tomorrow against the 38-year-old suspect, Hongli Sun of Irvine, who remains in custody without bail.
The stabbing occurred at 1:20 p.m. Saturday in a parking lot at 4980 Barranca Parkway, said Irvine Police Department spokeswoman Farrah Emami.
Sun was in his Mercedes SUV in the parking lot when he saw the victim, whom he believed was having an affair with his wife, Emami said.
Sun “drove his vehicle at the victim with the intention of hitting him with the car,” she said. “As the victim attempted to stand up, Sun got out of his car and stabbed him. A female associate of the victim attempted to intervene and was stabbed in the struggle.”
Liu was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:32 p.m.
The female victim was transported to a hospital and was expected to survive, Emami said.
Police located Sun in the parking lot and arrested him without incident, she said.
Chen listed Liu as her “boyfriend” in a financial disclosure document filed when she was divorcing her husband. Chen and Sun, however, reconciled and stopped divorce proceedings in November.
Chen and Sun have an 8-year-old son together. The two were married Feb. 6, 2003, in Singapore and separated last Sept. 16.
The couple was granted a divorce Nov. 5, but then wanted it rescinded.
“At the time our Judgment of Dissolution was entered, we each believed irreconcilable differences caused the irremediable breakdown of our marriage, However, we were both mistaken …,” the court filing states.
“For a host of personal, cultural, and religious reasons, we do not want any public record to reflect that we are divorced,” their court papers stated. “Even if such record is later changed, a harmful stigma could result. Therefore, it is imperative to us that this stipulation and order by entered today.”
The divorce was vacated by the court April 24.
Before the divorce was granted, papers were filed to give Sun primary custody of their son with Chen receiving visitation rights.
— City News Service
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