Federal Public Defender George Taseff.

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July 16, 2019 - News Local/State

Closing Arguments Set For Wednesday in Christensen Trial Sentencing Phase

The sentencing phase of Brendt Christensen’s federal death penalty trial will go to the jury Wednesday. There’s only one question the jury at the federal courthouse in Peoria needs to answer, and that’s whether Christensen will receive the death penalty or life in prison, for the 2017 kidnapping murder of University of Illinois visiting scholar Yingying Zhang.


Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse in Peoria.

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July 15, 2019 - News Local/State

Christensen’s Mother, Sister & Jailers Testify In His Defense

Brendt Christensen’s mother and sister say they still love him, even after learning he kidnapped and murdered U of I visiting scholar Yingying Zhang in 2017. Both family members testified Monday in the sentencing phase of Christensen’s federal trial in Peoria.


The van believed to be carrying Brendt Christensen leaves the federal courthouse in Peoria.

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July 09, 2019 - News Local/State

Yingying Zhang’s Family, Loved Ones, Testify In Christensen Trial

Federal prosecutors will officially rest their case Wednesday in the sentencing phase of Brendt Christensen’s trial for kidnapping and killing University of Illinois visiting scholar Yingying Zhang. Government prosecutors spent the second day of the sentencing phase presenting testimony from Zhang’s family and other loved ones, as they tried to prove the aggravating factors that would qualify Christensen for the death penalty.


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July 08, 2019 - The 21st Show

US Wins Women’s World Cup; How Mugshots Harm; Homeless Cooling Shelters

The U.S. women’s national team won the World Cup for the fourth time yesterday. We’ll recap yesterday’s final and talk about why you should keep following women’s soccer. Plus, open up your local paper and you’ll probably see mugshots of people who were booked into the county jail. But that can sometimes do more harm than good, especially for the people in those photos. And, homeless shelters open for extra hours during the winter. The summer poses its own challenges for people struggling to find housing.


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