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IL YINGYING ZHANG: Missing from Urbana/Champaign, IL - 9 June 2017 - Age 27 *Christensen GUILTY*

Discussion in 'Missing 2015 to Present' started by TripleA, Jun 14, 2017.

  1. spike

    spike Bronze Member

    I hope this sticks.
     
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  2. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    I know there have been murder convictions without a body. But have there ever been DP convictions without a body? I don't think it'll stick unless her body is found.
     
  3. spike

    spike Bronze Member

    It doesn't seem like this case gets much coverage here in the east.
    I pray she is found.
     
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  4. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    I looked and couldn't find one, but didn't see where it was said it's never happened, either.
     
  5. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Trial date set in kidnap-murder case of missing Chinese student Yingying Zhang

    A federal judge has set an April 2019 trial date for a former physics student accused of kidnapping and killing Zhang Yingying, a University of Illinois student from China.

    The Champaign News-Gazette reports that US District Court Judge Colin Bruce set the date during a hearing on Monday. Prosecutors announced on January 19 that they would seek ythe death penalty in the case.

    Neither prosecutors nor Christensen’s lawyers objected to the new trial date. The trial had been expected to begin later this month, but both prosecutors and defence lawyers requested that it be delayed.

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/unit...sets-april-2019-trial-missing-chinese-scholar
     
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  6. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Can't believe she still hasn't been found. :(


    Memorial service planned on anniversary of UI scholar's disappearance

    It's been nearly a year since visiting Chinese scholar Yingying Zhang disappeared from a bus stop on the University of Illinois campus, a case that generated worldwide media attention.

    Friends plan to commemorate the one-year anniversary with a memorial service Saturday afternoon at the Illini Union for Ms. Zhang, who is presumed dead by authorities.

    "We hope that this event can not only give us a chance to honor Yingying's life and support her family but also remind everyone that Yingying will be remembered for her kindness forever," said UI student Jiheng Jing, vice president of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association.

    The group also hopes to establish a permanent memorial garden at the bus stop on Goodwin Avenue and Clark Street where she was last seen.

    Well-wishers have continued to place flowers around a tree there over the past 12 months. Jing said the CSSA will outline plans for the garden at Saturday's service.

    "We want to officially make that a garden for Yingying," Jing said.

    The memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. in Room 406 at the Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., U. It's scheduled to last about an hour and will include testimonials and a video put together by Ms. Zhang's friends. Organizers also plan to make posters to remind people about Yingying's case, said Jing, who will host the service.

    http://www.news-gazette.com/news/lo...ed-anniversary-ui-scholars-disappearance.html
     
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  7. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    Christensen is a sociopath and believes he is smarter than LE, so he's confident LE won't find her body and he isn't about to give out her location. IMO, he thinks he can get away with murder. I think there is enough evidence to convict without a body, but sure wish her body would be found so her family and friends can properly mourn and give her a decent burial. Losing a loved one is difficult enough in any situation, but I can't imagine the heartache of losing a loved one who is thousands of miles away suddenly and violently. :vigil:
     
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  8. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

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  9. Summer_breeze

    Summer_breeze Blowing through the Jasmine in my mind

    UI scholar’s family to judge: Keep accused kidnapper's trial in Urbana

    http://www.news-gazette.com/news/lo...dge-keep-accused-kidnappers-trial-urbana.html
    Thu, 10/18/2018 - 6:00am | Ben Zigterman

    URBANA — In court motions filed this week, prosecutors and the family of missing visiting scholar Yingying Zhang said they want the trial of her alleged kidnapper and killer, Brendt Christensen, to remain in Urbana.

    In September, his lawyers asked that the trial be moved to Peoria, citing extensive media coverage, negative online comments and a poll showing 76.5 percent of respondents in the Urbana area were familiar with the case, more than the 59 percent of respondents in the Peoria area.
     
  10. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Trial of Yingying Zhang’s accused murderer moved to Peoria

    Brendt Christensen, the alleged killer of Chinese visiting scholar Yingying Zhang in 2017, has had his case transferred from Urbana to Peoria.

    According to the court order, Christensen’s attorneys requested the case transfer for convenience purposes, saying the change would help Christensen to increased courthouse capacity, more convenience to parties involved in the case and the ability to manage case filings.

    Christensen’s attorneys also believe there is prejudicial pretrial publicity in Urbana which could prevent Christensen from obtaining a fair trial.

    The court order assessed how this request would affect the victim, saying the move would be an inconvenience for them, as the family of Yingying Zhang intended to be present for the trial.

    Christensen’s attorneys requested a change in venue from Urbana to Peoria as well, again citing prejudicial pretrial publicity.

    U.S. District Judge James Shadid granted Christensen’s request for a case transfer but denied his request for a change in venue.

    https://dailyillini.com/news/2018/1...ini.com/news/2018/12/11/yingying-trial-moved/
     
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  11. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Bloody Handprint Key to Prosecution's Case in Missing Chinese Scholar Trial

    Prosecutors are building a case, partly on a bloody handprint and the responses of a cadaver-sniffing dog, that a former University of Illinois physics student killed a 26-year-old Chinese scholar in 2017 at his off-campus apartment.

    In recent filings, prosecutors revealed more evidence that they say will help prove to jurors that Brendt Christensen kidnapped Yingying Zhang in Urbana, then killed her. Complicating their task is that Zhang's body has never been found.

    Prosecutors disclosed in a Wednesday filing that the bloody handprint was found in Christensen's apartment, though they haven't said whose hand it represents.

    Prosecutors say a cadaver-sniffing dog detected traces of a dead body in the bathroom near the door and sink. Other evidence includes the possible presence of blood on a bedroom wall and floor.

    Christensen's trial starts April 1. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty , saying Christensen tortured Zhang before killing her. He has pleaded not guilty to kidnapping resulting in death.

    https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/loc...idence-in-chinese-scholar-case-505528631.html
     
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  12. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Judge OKs blood, DNA evidence in missing Chinese scholar's case

    A federal judge has denied a request to exclude DNA and blood test results from the trial of a former University of Illinois physics student accused of killing a Chinese scholar in 2017.

    The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports that U.S. District Judge James Shadid ruled Monday that the evidence taken from Brendt Christensen's apartment in Urbana meets the threshold for admissibility.


    The judge hasn't ruled on the admissibility of evidence stemming from an apartment search by a cadaver-sniffing canine.

    The judge also denied a defense request to delay the April 1 trial until October to provide more time to prepare a mental-health expert.

    Shadid says he's open to reasonable proposals but that October is "simply out of the question."

    https://herald-review.com/news/stat...cle_7ccd8d41-b6b1-5419-a46e-a451d45dd307.html
     
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  14. Paradise

    Paradise Media Mod

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  15. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

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  16. Walden

    Walden Member

    No, I’m new here, Kimster, and actually just messaged you before I saw this. Thank you for the welcome.

    This case is fairly near me, geographically.
     
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  17. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Judge sets June 3 trial in missing Chinese scholar case

    A federal judge has delayed until June the trial of the man accused of kidnapping and killing a University of Illinois scholar from China.

    U.S. District Judge James Shadid on Thursday approved the two-month delay, setting Brendt Christensen 's trial for June 3. Christensen's trial was to begin April 1, but defense attorneys requested more time to prepare a mental-health expert.

    Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty , saying Christensen tortured 26-year-old Yingying Zhang before killing her in Urbana, Illinois, in April 2017. He has pleaded not guilty to kidnapping resulting in death. Zhang's body has never been found.

    The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports that proceedings are expected to last two months. The court is to begin mailing summonses to potential jurors March 4.

    https://www.thestate.com/news/nation-world/national/article226978454.html
     
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    Judge OKs Streaming Video of Trial in Chinese Scholar Death

    Video of the trial of a former University of Illinois student accused of killing a Chinese scholar will be streamed from a federal courthouse to a viewing room near campus.

    The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports U.S. District Judge James Shadid on Tuesday approved the request "to accommodate members of the public and the victim's family."
     
  19. Summer_breeze

    Summer_breeze Blowing through the Jasmine in my mind

    Yingying Zhang murder trial: testimony about UI Counseling Center

    https://foxillinois.com/news/local/yingying-zhang-murder-trial-testimony-about-ui-counseling-center
    by Jacqueline Francis
    Tuesday, May 21st 2019

    PEORIA, ILL. (WCCU) — Lawyers for accused kidnapper Brendt Christensen intend to call clinical psychologist, Dr. Susan Zoline, to testify about how the University of Illinois Counseling Center failed to provide proper care for their client.

    According to court documents, Christensen expressed homicidal and suicidal ideations during one of his sessions at the Counseling Center.

    The defense does not intend to address the University's legal or civil responsibility at trial, stating the following in a motion filed Monday.

    "We do not intend to address the University’s civil or legal liability at trial; we merely present this evidence in mitigation with respect to Mr. Christensen.” (Emphasis added)


    Interviewing Inmates:

    In another recent filing, the judge approved a request from Christensen's attorneys to interview his fellow inmates at Livingston County Jail.

    The defense submitted this request in response to inmate interviews conducted by FBI agents in December 2018.

    In the motion filed, Christensen's attorneys stated the following.

    "Although the defense team has reviewed the FBI 302s provided by the government concerning their interviews with Mr. Christensen’s cellmates, it is incumbent upon them to do follow-up interviews and elicit information that may be helpful to Mr. Christensen at trial."
     
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  20. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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    Brendt Christensen trial: Jury selection in death penalty trial to begin Monday

    By this time next week, a federal judge hopes to have made headway toward seating a jury in the case of Brendt Christensen, accused of kidnapping and killing University of Illinois Chinese scholar Yingying Zhang.

    Jury selection in the case begins Monday in Peoria, where the case was moved due to saturation news coverage in the Urbana area.

    In newly filed court documents, Christensen's attorneys are asking for permission to use visual aids about the death penalty during questioning of jurors.

    Illinois does not currently use the death penalty but because Christensen has been charged federally with kidnapping and a resulting murder, prosecutors have deemed this a capital case.


    The list of potential jurors began with more than 1,000 names. Mailed questionnaires knocked that number down to 477 at last report in the jury pool. Beginning Monday, the court will call a group of 20 prospective jurors in the morning and another in the afternoon.

    It is expected that jury selection could take up to two weeks.

    12 jurors and six alternates have to be selected.

    The trial could last two months once a jury is seated, sources familiar with the case say.

    Zhang's family members have arrived from China and are expected to be in court in Peoria for the first day of jury selection. The scholar's body has never been found.

    https://abc7chicago.com/death-penal...-killer-of-chinese-scholar-at-u-of-i/5320638/
     
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