Mother Of Man Who Killed Chinese Scholar Begs For His LifeThe mother of a former University of Illinois student convicted of killing a Chinese scholar told the jury deciding his fate that it would be horrible if he is put to death.
Christensen's Father Wants Son's Life To Be Spared: 'He Has Too Much To Offer'Brendt Christensen has shown very little emotion in this trial, but on Wednewsday, he broke down in tears and put his head down in his hand while his father also fought through tears in tears during his testimony.
Juror Overcome With Emotion Leaves Courtroom During Testimony In Brendt Christensen's Sentencing Hearing"How am I supposed to carry on? I really don't know how to carry on without her," said the mother of YingYing Zhang, the Chinese scholar murdered by Brendt Christensen at the University of Illinois.
Trial Of Murdered Chinese U Of I Scholar ContinuesIt's possible Christensen himself could testify, with one theory being he might choose to reveal what he did with Zhang's body as a way to save his life.
The Latest: Jury To Hear From Mother Of Slain ScholarA federal judge will allow jurors at the sentencing hearing of a former University of Illinois doctoral student to watch videos made by the mother and friends of the Chinese scholar he was convicted of kidnapping, torturing and killing.
The Death Penalty Is An Option In Murder Case Of Chinese Scholar Yingying Zhang Now That It's A Federal CaseThe death penalty is on the table for kidnapping, rape and murder of University of Illinois student Yingying Zhang. Illinois abolished death sentences in 2011, but the federal government took this case.
Defense Attorney Admits Former University Of Illinois Graduate Student Killed Chinese ScholarA federal prosecutor has shared with jurors grisly details of how they claim a former University of Illinois doctoral student kidnapped a visiting scholar from China, then brutally beat and killed her.
Openings Set At Illinois Trial In Kidnapping, Killing Of Chinese ScholarOpening statements are set for Wednesday in the death-penalty trial of a former University of Illinois graduate student charged with kidnapping, torturing and killing a visiting Chinese scholar, a case closely watched by Chinese students across the U.S.
Jury Selection Continues In Trial Of Man In Scholar's DeathBrendt Christensen is charged in the death of Yingying Zhang, who disappeared in June 2017. Federal prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Christensen.
Jury Expected Next Week In Chinese Scholar's Slaying TrialThe case has garnered enormous interest in China and among Chinese students in the U.S. Several Chinese diplomats are attending the Peoria trial.
Defense Asks For July 1 Trial In Chinese Scholar CaseProsecutors 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.
Judge OKs Cadaver Dog Evidence In Chinese Scholar's CaseProsecutors are trying to prove Christensen kidnapped and killed 26-year-old Yingying Zhang. The scholar from China is presumed dead, but her body hasn't been found.
Judge OKs Blood, DNA Evidence In Chinese Scholar's CaseThe U.S. District Judge James Shadid ruled Monday that the evidence taken from Brendt Christensen's apartment in Urbana meets the threshold for admissibility.
Bloody Handprint Among Evidence In Chinese Scholar's CaseProsecutors also say a cadaver-sniffing dog detected traces of a dead body around the bathroom sink.
Government Shutdown Affecting Missing Chinese Scholar CaseFederal public defenders for a man accused of kidnapping and killing a University of Illinois scholar from China are asking for more time to prepare their case due to the government shutdown.