Brendt Christensen Sentenced To Life In Prison For The Murder Of Yingying Zhang
Convicted Killer Brendt Christensen Could Be Illinois' First Death Sentence in DecadesThe death penalty was abolished in Illinois years ago, but the man convicted of killing a Chinese student at the University of Illinois could still be the first person from Illinois sentenced to death in nearly 15 years.
Professor Says Brendt Christensen Was Good Student Before Kidnapping And Murder Of Yingying ZhangMatthew Herndon of University of Wisconsin-Madison physics testified Thursday he taught Brendt Christensen and went on to employ him and wrote a letter of recommendation to get Christensen into Illinois' physics program.
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.
Brendt Christensen's Father Asks Jury To Spare Him From Death Penalty; 'He Has Too Much To Offer'Brendt Christensen and his father broke down in tears Wednesday as Michael Christensen pleaded with jurors to spare his son’s life for killing Chinese scholar Yingying Zhang, saying “he has too much to offer.”
Prosecutors Expected To Rest Their Case In Death Penalty Case Against Brendt Christensen, Convicted Of Killing Yingying ZhangThe jury deciding Brendt Christensen’s fate is preparing for another day of emotional testimony in the death penalty phase of his trial in the murder of Chinese scholar Yingying Zhang.
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.
Brendt Christensen's Sentencing Hearing Begins In Case Of Murdered Chinese University Of Illinois Scholar YingYing ZhangCold, calculated and months in the making -- that's how federal prosecutors described the murder of Chinese scholar YingYing Zhang to a federal jury that will now decide if her killer should live or die. 
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.
Judge Won't Delay Sentencing For Brendt Christensen In Murder Of Chinese Scholar Yingying ZhangA federal judge has denied former University of Illinois doctoral student Brendt Christensen's request to delay sentencing in the kidnapping and murder of visiting Chinese scholar Yingying Zhang.