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Closing arguments set for missing Chinese scholar case

Jun. 23, 2019 11:48 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Closing arguments are set for the federal death penalty trial of a former University of Illinois doctoral student charged with kidnapping and killing a 26-year-old visiting scholar from China. Monday's closings follow a week and a half of testimony. If jurors convict Brendt Christensen,...

Closing arguments Monday in Chinese scholar's slaying trial

Jun. 21, 2019 5:53 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Prosecutors and defense lawyers rested their cases Friday in the trial of a former University of Illinois student who could get the federal death penalty if convicted of killing a scholar from China. Brendt Christensen told a judge that he understood his right to testify but would...

The Latest: Closing arguments next in scholar's murder trial

Jun. 21, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a man who could get the federal death penalty if convicted of killing an international scholar who was studying at the University of Illinois: (all times local): 4 p.m. A judge has set closing arguments for Monday after a former University of Illinois student...

Man's serial killer boast doubted in Chinese scholar case

Jun. 20, 2019 11:25 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A former University of Illinois doctoral student on trial for killing a visiting scholar from China searched the internet for instructions on committing murder before the woman vanished, which one expert on serial killers says may be a sign that his boast to have killed 12 other people is...

Woman testifies about wearing wire in scholar killing case

Jun. 19, 2019 11:45 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The former girlfriend of an ex-doctoral student charged with slaying a scholar from China who was visiting the University of Illinois testified Wednesday in federal court that she was scared and conflicted about wearing an FBI wire to record him. Terra Bullis said she truly cared about...

Witness: Suspect in slaying tried to get her into his car

Jun. 18, 2019 7:26 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A University of Illinois graduate student told jurors Tuesday that the man on trial for killing a 26-year-old visiting scholar from China tried to get her into his car by posing as an undercover police officer, saying she felt physically ill when she recognized him days later in a...

FBI probing suspect's claim that scholar was 1 of 13 victims

Jun. 17, 2019 8:12 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The FBI is investigating the claim by a former University of Illinois doctoral student that the visiting scholar from China he's charged with killing was his 13th victim, even though no evidence has been found to indicate whether he was telling the truth, an FBI agent testified Monday....

The Latest: Murder suspect trembled during interrogation

Jun. 17, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of man charged in slaying of Chinese scholar (all times local): 4:00 p.m. A detective is testifying that the former University of Illinois doctoral student charged in the slaying of a visiting Chinese scholar began to tremble and break out in what appeared to be...

Jurors listen to suspect say he killed scholar from China

Jun. 14, 2019 8:35 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Jurors in a federal death-penalty trial heard secretly recorded audio Friday in which a former University of Illinois doctoral student describes to his girlfriend how he killed a visiting scholar from China, calling the 26-year-old woman "valiant" as she tried to fight back. The...

The Latest: Jurors hear suspect say he killed scholar

Jun. 14, 2019 7:48 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The Latest from the trial of a former University of Illinois doctoral student charged with slaying a visiting scholar from China (all times local): 5:45 p.m. Prosecutors have played a secret audio recording at the trial of a former University of Illinois doctoral student charged with...