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Slim chance of ever finding Chinese scholar's body

Jul. 19, 2019 5:54 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Authorities in Illinois have suggested that the remains of a slain 26-year-old scholar from China may never be found despite a vow from prosecutors after her killer was sentenced to life in prison this week that the search will continue. Brendt Christensen, a former doctoral student in...

Ex-Illinois student's life spared in killing of scholar

Jul. 18, 2019 11:06 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A former University of Illinois doctoral student was spared the death penalty Thursday and sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping and killing a 26-year-old scholar from China. Her parents, disappointed he was not sentenced to death, publicly begged for the killer to reveal where her...

The Latest: Ohio St DE emulates Hayes: 'The team up north'

Jul. 18, 2019 6:31 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest from the opening day of Big Ten football media days (all times local): 5:25 p.m. It's never too early for some Ohio State-Michigan sniping. Hours after Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh took a swipe at former Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer's legacy, Ohio State defensive end Jonathon...

The Latest: Judge berates China scholar's killer

Jul. 18, 2019 6:27 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing in scholar's slaying (all times local): 5:20 p.m. A federal judge has castigated an ex-University of Illinois student for showing no remorse for his slaying of a scholar from China and for not apologizing to his victim's family. Judge James Shadid spoke...

Illinois man convicted of killing scholar from China to serve life sentence after jurors can't agree on death penalty

Jul. 18, 2019 3:47 PM EDT
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Illinois man convicted of killing scholar from China to serve life sentence after jurors can't agree on death penalty.

Jury deliberates death penalty in Chinese scholar's slaying

Jul. 17, 2019 10:42 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) —  Jurors began deliberating but didn't reach a decision Wednesday on whether a former University of Illinois doctoral student should be put to death for the brutal slaying of a scholar from China he abducted at a bus stop. Brent Christensen's attorney, Elisabeth Pollock, teared up...

The Latest: Illinois jury goes home without sentence verdict

Jul. 17, 2019 6:55 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing in the slaying of a visiting Chinese scholar (all times local): 5:55 p.m. Jurors have gone home after a first day of deliberations without a decision on whether a former University of Illinois doctoral student should be put to death for slaying a young...

Testimony ends in penalty phase of slain Chinese woman case

Jul. 16, 2019 2:19 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Testimony has wrapped up in the penalty phase of the trial of a former University of Illinois doctoral student convicted of killing a scholar from China. Prosecutors called their last witnesses Tuesday to rebut presentations by Brendt Christensen's lawyers. The (Champaign) News-Gazette...

Sister of man who killed Chinese scholar: He was 'gentle'

Jul. 15, 2019 10:46 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The sister of a former University of Illinois student convicted of killing a Chinese scholar told a jury deciding whether he should be executed that he was a "very gentle person" who never raised his voice. Andrea Christensen was the last witness that lawyers for Brendt Christensen...

Professor speaks well of man convicted in scholar's death

Jul. 11, 2019 10:00 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A Wisconsin physics professor contends a former University of Illinois doctoral student convicted in the death of a Chinese scholar was a good student before the crime. Matthew Herndon of University of Wisconsin-Madison physics testified Thursday he taught Brendt Christensen and went on...