Christensen’s academic background revealed in testimony

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Christensen’s academic background revealed in testimony

Members of Brendt Christensen's defense team, Elisabeth Pollock (left) and Julie Brain (right) walk out of the courtroom on Monday. In order to avoid the death penalty for Christensen, the defense has been working on humanizing him for the jury, bringing up his struggles with mental health and how he was growing up.

Members of Brendt Christensen's defense team, Elisabeth Pollock (left) and Julie Brain (right) walk out of the courtroom on Monday. In order to avoid the death penalty for Christensen, the defense has been working on humanizing him for the jury, bringing up his struggles with mental health and how he was growing up.

Members of Brendt Christensen's defense team, Elisabeth Pollock (left) and Julie Brain (right) walk out of the courtroom on Monday. In order to avoid the death penalty for Christensen, the defense has been working on humanizing him for the jury, bringing up his struggles with mental health and how he was growing up.

Members of Brendt Christensen's defense team, Elisabeth Pollock (left) and Julie Brain (right) walk out of the courtroom on Monday. In order to avoid the death penalty for Christensen, the defense has been working on humanizing him for the jury, bringing up his struggles with mental health and how he was growing up.

By Hannah Preston, Interim editor-in-chief

After he was found guilty of kidnapping and murdering University of Illinois scholar Yingying Zhang, the penalty phase in Brendt Christensen’s trial continued Wednesday.

Testimonies included Christensen’s teachers and professors, recounting his attitude in school throughout his life ranging from middle to graduate school.

Updates on Wednesday’s testimony’s are to come.

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