Calif. college student held in alleged murder plot

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A University of California, Riverside, student has pleaded not guilty to soliciting an ex-boyfriend’s beating and murder by another boyfriend, who secretly recorded the alleged plot.

Barbara Wu, 21, entered pleas May 31 to charges of soliciting murder, making terrorist threats, vandalism, stalking and other crimes. She remained jailed Tuesday.

Dennis Lin wrote in a request for a restraining order that Wu asked him on May 22 to kill an ex-boyfriend, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reported Monday (

“She made me promise that I would go through with it,” wrote Lin, 21, who made the request a day after Wu’s May 23 arrest.

“She wanted me to tie him up, use a bat to break his legs, kill him, then discard the body,” he wrote. “She wanted us to leave the country after we did all of this to him.”

Lin said he told a university official who contacted university police, who in turn asked Lin to secretly record Wu discussing the plot.

“Since I’m now an ex-boyfriend who told police about her, I fear for my life,” Lin wrote in his court request.

Lin wrote that Wu actually had talked about killing “at least two” of her ex-boyfriends. He did not identify them.

He also wrote that his relationship with Wu was marked by several blowups, and described her as “vindictive and impulsive.”

Lin said that on April 30, Wu tried to barricade herself in his bedroom. As the two pushed and pulled on the door, Wu’s knee smashed through it, he wrote.

“We both calmed down, and we made up,” Lin wrote.

Lin also wrote that Wu once told him, “I always get what I want. I don’t take ‘no’ for an answer.”

A call to Wu’s public defender, Jason Kralovic, was not immediately returned Tuesday.

Wu enrolled at the university in 2009.

Four months before her arrest, Wu sought a restraining order against a former boyfriend, a 22-year-old university student. She contended she suffered physical and emotional trauma.

A temporary restraining order was granted for about two months, but court records indicate Wu withdrew her request for a permanent order.

The next day, according to the felony complaint, Wu followed, harassed and threatened an unidentified man.


Information from: The Press-Enterprise,

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