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Christensen trial pushed to 2019

By Jessica Bursztynsky, News Editor

The trial of alleged kidnapper and murderer Brendt Christensen was pushed back this morning to April 2, 2019, by Judge Colin Bruce.

Christensen, who has been in custody since June 30, was originally set to have a trial by jury on Feb. 27.

Both Christensen’s defense team and prosecutors agreed to a later trial date after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in January his intent to seek the death penalty.

Christensen is facing one count of federal kidnapping resulting in the death of Yingying Zhang, a visiting Chinese scholar, and two counts of making false statements to the FBI.

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About the Writer
Jessica Bursztynsky, News Editor

I am a journalism student focusing on news-editorial writing with a minor in politicalsScience. I transferred into the University in fall 2016 from a community college and began working as a news reporter at The Daily Illini. After spending time as a reporter, I was chosen as the News Editor for the 2017–2018 term. If I’m not working on a story, I’m usually alternating between episodes of The Office and Parks and Recreation, eating breakfast foods or convincing myself to go on a run.

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