Sister of Man Who Killed Chinese Scholar: He Was 'Gentle' - NBC Chicago

Sister of Man Who Killed Chinese Scholar: He Was 'Gentle'

Andrea Christensen was the last witness that lawyers for Brendt Christensen called to the stand Monday

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    Jury Reaches Verdict in Missing Chinese Scholar Case

    A jury has reached a verdict in 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. NBC 5’s Phil Rogers reports.

    (Published Monday, June 24, 2019)

    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 called to the stand Monday. The defense plans to rest its case in the penalty phase on Tuesday.

    Earlier Monday, Christensen's mother, Ellen Williams, testified that the 2017 slaying of Yingying Zhang was "horrible" and she feels "bad." But she said it would be devastating if her son receives the death penalty.

    Christensen did not testify.

    Testimony: Suspect Bought Drano After Chinese Scholar Death

    [CHI] Testimony: Suspect Bought Drano After Chinese Scholar Death

    Testimony in the trial of a former University of Illinois doctoral student accused of killing a visiting scholar from China revealed that the defendant bought Drano and garbage bags three days after the slaying. NBC 5's Christian Farr reports.

     

    (Published Thursday, June 13, 2019)

    The federal jury that found him guilty last month now must decide his punishment.

    Rebuttal witnesses will be called Tuesday. Closing arguments are scheduled for Wednesday.

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