Brendt Christensen

Attorneys for a man accused of killing a University of Illinois scholar from China are asking a judge to dismiss a main charge against him and change the location of his trial.

University of Illinois Police

The family of Yingying Zhang is hoping that 2018 will be the year they get answers about her disappearance. That’s when Brendt Christensen, the man accused of kidnapping and causing the death of the young visiting scholar from China, is to go on trial. 

Judge Denies Delay In Yingying Zhang Trial Date

Nov 16, 2017
Macon County Jail

The trial for the man accused of kidnapping University of Illinois visiting scholar Yingying Zhang will go on as scheduled.

Defense attorneys for a man accused of killing a University of Illinois scholar from China say they need more time to prepare their case.

URBANA, Ill. (AP) - A federal judge in central Illinois must decide in coming days whether to grant a defense motion to delay the trial of a 28-year-old man accused of killing a University of Illinois scholar from China. 

Jim Meadows / Illinois Public Radio

 

A public defender entered a “not guilty” plea Wed. for Brendt Christensen, the 28-year-old man accused of kidnapping and killing Yingying Zhang. 

A man accused in the abduction and killing of a University of Illinois scholar from China is to be arraigned on new charges.

University of Illinois Police

A federal grand jury now accuses the alleged kidnapper of Yingying Zhang of murdering her as well.

According to the U.S. Justice Department, a new indictment returned by the grand jury on Tuesday accuses 28-year-old Brendt A. Christensen of the kidnapping resulting in the death of Zhang on June 9th. That’s the day the 26-year-old visiting Chinese scholar at the University of Illinois Urbana campus was last seen. The FBI has said they assume Zhang is dead, but her body has yet to be found. 

Defense Lawyers Seek to Leave Zhang Murder Case

Sep 5, 2017

Lawyers for Brendt Christensen, the 27-year-old man accused of kidnapping Yingying Zhang, are asking a judge’s permission to withdraw from the case.

Attorneys Thomas, Evan and Anthony Bruno have been representing Christensen, who’s accused of kidnapping U of I visiting scholar Yingying Zhang.

Family of Kidnapped U of I Scholar Speaks

Aug 22, 2017

The family of kidnapped U of I visiting scholar Yingying Zhang says they will not give up their search for her and Tuesday they asked President Donald Trump for help in finding her. 

University of Illinois Police

URBANA, Ill. (AP) - An arraignment is scheduled for a 28-year-old man charged in the abduction of a University of Illinois scholar from China. 

The defense attorney for a man accused of kidnapping a University of Illinois scholar from China says his client deserves the "presumption of innocence."

U of I Kidnapping Suspect to Appear in Federal Court

Jul 3, 2017
U of I Police / Facebook

The man accused of kidnapping Yingying Zhang is scheduled to make his first appearance in federal court this morning.