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Man Accused Of Slashing Wife's Throat, Then Playing Her Favorite Music As She Died In Tub Formally Indicted For Murder

Xichen Yang allegedly told police that he could have stopped himself from killing Nhu Quynh Pham, but that he was the type of person who goes "all the way."

By Jax Miller
A police handout of Xichen Yang

A Florida man who allegedly confessed to killing his wife has been formally indicted on charges of murder.

Xichen Yang, 21, was indicted by a Seminole County grand jury on charges of first-degree murder and tampering with evidence, the State Attorney’s office announced Tuesday. The Orlando man is accused of slashing the throat of his wife, Nhu Quynh Pham, and attempting to comfort her as she died in the bathtub of their Altamonte Springs home.

The grand jury heard testimony from the Altamonte Springs Police Department before returning the indictment, according to the statement. 

Altamonte Springs police stated that Yang admitted to killing Pham when a co-worker called to ask why he hadn’t yet shown up to work on June 21, according to charging documents reviewed by Oxygen.com. Yang allegedly told the individual he did “unspeakable” things, disclosing that he killed his wife because she burned his passport.

Police said that when Yang took the call, he was “attempting to clean up the evidence.”

When authorities arrived at the couple’s Charter Pointe apartment shortly before 9:00 a.m., they found Pham “in a pool of blood in a bathtub.”

Pham was dead on the scene, sustaining a deep laceration to the left side of her neck.

Authorities also found evidence that Yang had tried to clean up the scene, including two pink rubber gloves and a bottle of cleaning disinfectant located in the main hallway.

Yang allegedly told detectives he killed his wife after feeling himself grow angrier and angrier at Pham, admitting that he could have stopped himself if he wanted to. When asked why he hadn’t, Yang stated it wasn’t “how he was raised,” professing that he was a person who went “all the way.”

According to Yang, he cut his wife’s throat before she began “crawling down the wall” toward the home’s exit.

“Yang took her to the bathroom,” police stated. “He placed Pham in the bathroom tub, ‘played her favorite music,’ and ‘held her hand’ for what he estimates to be approximately 10 minutes.”

According to a GoFundMe page, arrangements were being made to have Pham buried back in Vietnam, where her family reportedly lives.

“Quynh was loved by many and created many friendships during her time with us,” said the campaign’s creator.

According to the page, Pham would have turned 22 earlier this month.

Yang remains held at the Seminole County jail without bail and is scheduled to appear for arraignment on Aug. 2. A trial date has yet to be set.