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New Jersey Chemist Convicted of Poisoning Husband

Tianle Li slipped thallium into her husband's food while they were in the process of divorcing

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    A New Jersey chemist accused of fatally poisoning her estranged husband with thallium she got at work has been convicted of murder.

    A Middlesex County jury also found Tianle Li guilty Tuesday of hindering her own prosecution. She faces life in prison when she's sentenced Sept. 30.

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    The 44-year-old Li worked for pharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb for 10 years. Prosecutors claimed she murdered Xiaoye Wang by poisoning him with thallium, a highly toxic metal, while they were in the process of divorcing.

    Authorities said Li got the chemical at work and slipped it in her 39-year-old husband's food in the weeks before he died in January 2011. They said she killed him because she didn't want the divorce.

    The couple had a young son.

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