PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Attorneys for a man accused of kidnapping and killing a University of Illinois scholar from China say they could be ready for a trial to begin July 1.
A judge already denied a request from Brendt Christensen’s attorneys to delay proceedings until October but said he would be open to a reasonable proposal.
Prosecutors are trying to prove Christensen kidnapped and killed 26-year-old Yingying Zhang in 2017. The trial was originally scheduled for September 2017. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
Christensen’s attorneys said they needed more time to find a psychiatrist who could be ready for trial. The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports that defense attorneys say they’ve found a new psychiatrist who could be prepared July 1.
Prosecutors have until Friday to respond. A Monday hearing is scheduled to discuss the trial date.
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