Woman stabs Queen’s lawyer for turning down her case: cops

A Queens immigration lawyer was killed by an angry woman who repeatedly stabbed him in the chest Monday morning after he refused to take her case, police sources and a friend said.

Great Neck resident Jim Li, 66, was in his office on 39th Ave. 136-56 in Flushing when he was stabbed to death by 25-year-old Xiaoning Zhang at around 11:45 a.m., police said.

Li was taken by paramedics to New York’s Presbyterian-Booth Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

NYPD at the scene of the fatal stabbing.
NYPD at the scene of the fatal stabbing.
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Zhang, a Queens resident, has been charged with murder and criminal possession of weapons, police officers said. Two knives were recovered from the scene, sources said.

The victim’s friend, attorney Wayne Zhu, told reporters the fatal encounter came after Li decided last week not to represent the woman.

Zhu said police showed up that day and took the woman away, although Li urged authorities not to press charges.

“He treats his customers very well, very kindly,” Zhu said. “Even when this woman was causing trouble in the office, the police came to evict her. Mr. Li told the police, ‘Please don’t arrest her,'” the friend recalled.

Before coming to the US, Li took part in the Tiananmen Square protests in China and served as a legal advisor while he was studying law at Peking University, according to Zhu.

Li was then imprisoned in China for about a year and a half, Zhu said, before leaving the country to continue his education at Wisconsin University.

“He is one of the best men,” Zhu said. “I will miss him. I lost my friend. Flushing lost a good lawyer.” Woman stabs Queen’s lawyer for turning down her case: cops


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