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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: 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...

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...

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...

Man convicted in Chinese scholar's death cries in court

Jul. 10, 2019 1:17 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A former University of Illinois doctoral student convicted in the death of a Chinese scholar broke down crying as his father described how a death sentence would affect him. The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports that Michael Christensen testified Wednesday before the federal jury that...

Parents of slain Chinese scholar tell jury of their loss

Jul. 9, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The parents of the Chinese scholar who was kidnapped and killed by a former University of Illinois doctoral student described the loss they feel during testimony Tuesday. "How am I supposed to carry on living?" said Lifeng Ye, the mother of Yingying Zhang, whose testimony was on video....

The Latest: Mother of slain Chinese scholar testifies

Jul. 9, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing hearing for a man convicted in the death of a Chinese scholar (all times local): 4:55 p.m. The mother of a Chinese scholar who was kidnapped and killed by a former University of Illinois doctoral student has told a jury about the loss she feels. Lifeng Ye's...

Prosecutor: Death penalty warranted in scholar's killing

Jul. 8, 2019 5:17 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The legal battle over whether a former University of Illinois doctoral student should live or die for the kidnapping and slaying of a Chinese scholar began with a prosecutor on Monday telling jurors that the crime was so vicious that the death penalty is warranted. "It was cold,...