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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...

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,...

The Latest: Prosecutor makes case to jury for death penalty

Jul. 8, 2019 4:48 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on sentencing hearing for man convicted in death of Chinese scholar (all times local): 3:55 p.m. A prosecutor is telling a federal jury that convicted a former University of Illinois doctoral student last month in the kidnapping and killing a Chinese scholar deserves the...

Pope approves miracle for late US Archbishop Sheen

Jul. 6, 2019 11:20 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has approved a miracle bringing the late American Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, known for his revolutionary radio and TV preaching, closer to sainthood. The Vatican announced the move Saturday, which clears the way for beatification. It comes just weeks after a New York court...

40-foot tree limb strikes, kills Peoria man during storm

Jul. 2, 2019 10:02 AM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a Peoria man died after a 40-foot tree limb fell and struck him during a storm. Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood says 39-year-old Nathaniel D. Peck was pronounced dead Sunday at a Peoria hospital. The (Peoria) Journal Star reports that rescue crew were called to...