URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The federal kidnapping trial of a man accused in the abduction of a University of Illinois scholar from China has been rescheduled.
The trial of Brendt Christensen in the disappearance of Yingying Zhang was scheduled to start Sept. 12. U.S. District Court Judge Colin Bruce on Monday granted Christensen’s attorneys’ request for a continuance until Feb. 27.READ MORE: Body Camera Video Shows Shootout With University Of Chicago Police Officer That Left Man Critically Wounded In Hyde Park
Defense attorney Tom Bruno said the defense is still waiting to see some of the evidence against Christensen. He added it would be unrealistic for the trial to begin before January.READ MORE: Chicago Has 'Formally Passed The Omicron Peak' As New COVID-19 Infections Decline, Hospitalizations Level Off, Top Doc Says; Cautious Optimism With Similar Trend Reported Statewide
Zhang disappeared June 9, weeks after arriving at the central Illinois campus. Investigators say they believe the 26-year-old is dead. Her body hasn’t been found.
Christensen is suspected of abducting her in Urbana while she was going to sign an apartment lease.MORE NEWS: No Changes To Chicago Travel Advisory; Every State Remains On The List For 3rd Week In A Row
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