The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) has upgraded its charges to second-degree murder against Chunping Lin, who is now being charged with killing his wife, Lisa Tian. Tian died after a May 25 domestic dispute at the couple’s home in Lake Forest. If convicted of all of the charges against him, Lin likely would spend the rest of his life in prison.
It was previously reported in the Neighborhood News that the 45-year-old Lin beat his wife with his hands and pulled her hair while their 10-year-old son struggled to protect her. The 10-year-old also was injured in the altercation, as was Tian’s other son, a 19-year-old who was bitten by Lin during the fight.
As Lin and her two sons tried to escape out of their home at 14912 Lake Forest Dr., HCSO reported that Lin was yelling that he would kill all three of them. Running for their lives, they tried to escape in Lin’s car; however, the 10-year-old was not able to get all the way inside the vehicle and his left foot was run over while they attempted to flee. Tian stopped the car to aide her son while the 19-year-old got out and was able to restrain Lin until deputies arrived to arrest him.
After the incident, Tian was hospitalized and eventually released from St. Joseph’s Hospital, although she soon returned to the hospital complaining of severe head pains. She then underwent surgery, slipped into a coma and never regained consciousness. She died of her injuries on July 15. Lin’s charges were upgraded one month after her death. He also has been charged with battery, domestic violence and child abuse.
Tian was the owner of the former Joy of Tokyo restaurant of Bruce B. Downs Blvd. The business had been closed since the attack, although a new restaurant, Jalapeno Mexican Grill (see page 50) recently opened in its place.