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Memorial service for Yingying Zhang to be held Monday

Memorial service for Yingying Zhang to be held Monday

By Hannah Preston, Interim editor-in-chief

July 31, 2019

A memorial service honoring the life of Yingying Zhang will be held Monday at First Baptist Church in Savoy at 1 p.m. Zhang’s family helped to plan to the service and will be in attendance. Both English and Chinese translations will be available, and the service will also include a Chinese choir....

Illinois families accused of using loophole to qualify for need-based financial aid

Illinois families accused of using loophole to qualify for need-based financial aid

By Pari Apostolakos, Managing Editor for Reporting

July 31, 2019

Families from the Chicagoland area have been taking advantage of a loophole to receive need-based scholarships and financial aid, ProPublica Illinois and The Wall Street Journal each reported Monday. Andrew Borst, director of undergraduate admissions, said the University began investigating this case...

Death in Champaign currently under investigation

Death in Champaign currently under investigation

By Hannah Preston, Interim editor-in-chief

July 29, 2019

An unresponsive male was discovered near an apartment complex in the 300 block of South State Street — two blocks from Campustown — on Monday morning, and Champaign police were dispatched to the area. Paramedics confirmed the male was deceased soon after arrival. Police are attempting to find...

Juror recounts day in the life of a juror in a capital punishment case

Juror recounts day in the life of a juror in a capital punishment case

By Samantha Boyle, News Editor

July 27, 2019

It has now been just over a week since the jury could not unanimously decide what the punishment of the kidnapper and killer of visiting scholar Yingying Zhang’s should be. It’s a life or death decision not many people think about having to make in their lifetime. However, for 12 people this decision...

Champaign police respond to scene of shooting

Champaign police respond to scene of shooting

By Hannah Preston, Interim editor-in-chief

July 22, 2019

On Monday evening, Champaign police investigated the 1000 block of North James Street at approximately 5:02 p.m. A 35-year-old man who suffered a life-threatening gunshot in the abdomen was found at the scene and transported to a hospital to receive treatment. His condition is unknown. The police...

Yingying Zhang’s family gives statements after her killer is sentenced to life in prison

Yingying Zhang’s family gives statements after her killer is sentenced to life in prison

By Samantha Boyle, News Editor

July 18, 2019

At around 1:30 p.m. Thursday, the jury asked the court what would happen if a unanimous decision can’t be reached. At around 2:35 p.m., the court was informed a verdict had been reached. After just over eight hours of deliberation, the jury was unable to reach a unanimous decision in what the sentencing...

Verdict reached in Christensen trial

Verdict reached in Christensen trial

By Samantha Boyle, News Editor

July 18, 2019

After about eight hours of deliberation, the jury was unable to reach a unanimous decision on whether Brendt Christensen should be sentenced to death or life in prison. Therefore, the court will be imposing a life prison sentence. Around 2:35 p.m. today Judge James Shadid read the verdict from the...

Jury presents two additional questions as deliberations continue in Christensen trial

Jury presents two additional questions as deliberations continue in Christensen trial

By Samantha Boyle, News editor

July 18, 2019

As the jury continues deliberations, two questions have already come up. The jury started deliberating Thursday morning at 9 a.m. and sent the first question around 9:45 a.m. asking about what the information about the number of jurors who agree each mitigating factor will be used for. Judge James...

Jury has questions for court during deliberations for Christensen’s sentence

Jury has questions for court during deliberations for Christensen’s sentence

By Samantha Boyle, News Editor

July 17, 2019

Since the jury started deliberations in Brendt Christensen’s sentencing, court reconvened to answer a few questions asked by the jury. The question was written down by the jury and brought out by a law clerk for both parties and the judge to look at and answer. Around 3 p.m. Wednesday, the jury’s...

Jury begins deliberations in deciding Christensen’s fate

Jury begins deliberations in deciding Christensen’s fate

By Samantha Boyle, News Editor

July 17, 2019

The closing statements in the case to find justice for Yingying Zhang were finished around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. It’s been 767 days since her disappearance. On Wednesday afternoon, the jury left the courtroom to begin deliberations on what the appropriate sentence should be for Zhang’s convicted...

Testimonies on behalf of Christensen continue, defense case to rest Tuesday

Testimonies on behalf of Christensen continue, defense case to rest Tuesday

By Samantha Boyle, News Editor

July 15, 2019

Kind, gentle, polite and well-behaved. These are all words used to describe Brendt Christensen, the accused kidnapper and killer of University visiting scholar Yingying Zhang, in court on Monday. Taking the stand for the defense on Monday were correctional officers from the Livingston County Jail, wher...

Day 4 of penalty phase sees defense continues to humanize Christensen

Day 4 of penalty phase sees defense continues to humanize Christensen

By Samantha Boyle, News Editor

July 11, 2019

Testimonies from friends and family of convicted killer and kidnapper Brendt Christensen were followed up on Thursday with witnesses who knew Christensen from his time at the University. Witnesses who testified include professors and other faculty members from the physics department. Some witnesses...

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