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CrimeIn opening statement, attorney admits Brendt Christensen abducted, killed Chinese scholar at University of Illinois

19:40  12 june  2019
19:40  12 june  2019 Source:   chicagotribune.com

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Jury selection set in death penalty case of Illinois man charged with murdering Chinese scholar Jury selection is set to start on Monday for the trial of an Illinois man charged with kidnapping and murdering a visiting Chinese scholar two years ago, in a case where federal prosecutors say they intend to seek the death penalty. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Brendt Christensen, 29, has been held without bond since his arrest in June 2017 for the abduction and presumed slaying of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign student Yingying Zhang, 26, whose body has not been found.

The University of Illinois Police Department and Urbana Police Department worked with FBI agents to locate Zhang On October 24, Christensen 's attorneys filed a motion to delay the trial until October 2018, citing statistics of average ^ "Man accused of abducting , killing U. of I. scholar from China pleads not guilty to new charge". " Christensen charged in kidnapping of missing Chinese scholar ".

Former Illinois student Brendt Christensen is charged with Zheng, whose body hasn't been found. Opening 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

In opening statement, attorney admits Brendt Christensen abducted, killed Chinese scholar at University of Illinois© The Associated Press FILE - This photo provided by the Macon County Sheriff's Office in Decatur, Ill., shows Brendt Christensen. (Macon County Sheriff's Office via AP, File) Accused killer Brendt Christensen’s attorney acknowledged in court Wednesday that his client took Yingying Zhang to his Champaign apartment and killed the University of Illinois scholar in 2017.

“Brendt Christensen is responsible for the death of Yingying Zhang,” attorney George Taseff said in his opening statement in a federal courtroom. “Brendt Christensen killed Yingying Zhang, and nothing we say or do during this phase of the trial is intended to sidestep or deny that Brendt Christensen was responsible for the death of Yingying Zhang.”

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CHICAGO (AP) — Opening statements are set for Wednesday in the death-penalty trial of a former A federal judge moved the trial to Peoria in central Illinois after Brendt Christensen ’s lawyers The university has more than 5,000 Chinese students, among the largest such enrollments in the nation.

Brendt Christensen is facing federal charges in the June kidnapping of Yingying Zhang, a Chinese visiting scholar , and is set to make his second court

Christensen, 29, faces a potential death penalty if convicted of abducting and murdering Zhang, a visiting Chinese researcher at the U. of I., and Taseff told the jury that he “is on trial for his life in this case.”

Taseff’s statement came after prosecutors on Wednesday described Christensen as a man who had become infatuated with serial killers and had plotted a kidnapping and killing in the months before he lured the 26-year-old Zhang into his vehicle on Urbana-Champaign campus.

In opening statement, attorney admits Brendt Christensen abducted, killed Chinese scholar at University of Illinois© The Associated Press This undated photo provided by the University of Illinois Police Department shows Yingying Zhang. The parents of the visiting University of Illinois scholar who disappeared two years ago have arrived in Illinois from China for the murder trial of the man accused of abducting and killing her. Former Illinois student Brendt Christensen is charged with Zheng, whose body hasn't been found. He pleaded not guilty. (Courtesy of the University of Illinois Police Department via AP) The defense painted Christensen as a “brilliant” graduate student at the university but one who was dealing with substance abuse issues, a failing marriage and an increasingly troubled academic record. It said he had reached his lowest point on June 9, 2017, the date of the abduction.

Why did Brendt Christensen admit he killed Chinese scholar Zhang at U. of I.? It might save his life.

Why did Brendt Christensen admit he killed Chinese scholar Zhang at U. of I.? It might save his life. Lawyers for a former University of Illinois doctoral student accused of kidnapping, torturing and killing a visiting scholar from China spent nearly two years preparing for the day they would address jurors for the first time at trial. 

Complaint against Brendt Christensen in disappearance of Yingying Zhang says his phone was used to visit FetLife.com and ‘planning a kidnapping’ thread. A website that hosted an “ Abduction 101” forum that has been linked to a suspect in the kidnapping of a Chinese scholar at the University of

CHICAGO (AP) — Opening statements are set for Wednesday in the death-penalty trial of a former University of Illinois graduate student charged with kidnapping A federal judge moved the trial to Peoria in central Illinois after Brendt Christensen 's lawyers said pretrial publicity would have made it

Taseff cast doubt on some of the statements made by Christensen during a memorial walk for Zhang in late June 2017 that were recorded by his then-girlfriend, who was wearing a wire for the FBI. Taseff said Christensen’s statement that he had killed other victims before Zhang was false and that he was drunk at the time.

On that recording, Christensen would not say where Zhang’s remains were but said she was his 13th victim and “bragged” that the last serial killer “at his level was Ted Bundy,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Eugene Miller said during his opening statement.

Evidence has not been found that links Christensen to other victims.

“He claimed they will never find her,” Miller said after detailing the grisly details of Zhang’s death.

Opening arguments in the case had wrapped up by 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, and the first witness was expected to be called next.

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