CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A man accused of abducting and killing a University of Illinois scholar from China is going to be arraigned on new charges.
Federal court records show that 28-year-old Brendt Christensen is scheduled to appear before a judge Wednesday afternoon. He previously was charged with abducting 26-year-old Yingying Zhang of Nanping, China. But a grand jury last week returned a superseding indictment charging him with the more serious crime of kidnapping resulting in Zhang’s death.READ MORE: Illinois Adding New 464 Area Code To 708 Region In South And Western Suburbs
The new indictment alleges that Christensen intentionally killed Zhang and that her death involved torture or serious physical abuse. If convicted of the new charge, Christensen would face the death penalty or mandatory life in prison.READ MORE: Chicago Radio Sportscaster Les Grobstein Dead At 69
Zhang disappeared June 9, weeks after arriving at the campus in the central Illinois city of Champaign. Even though her body hasn’t been found, authorities believe Zhang is dead.MORE NEWS: CBS 2 News Chicago Launches First Alert Weather
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