New Charges Filed In U Of I Scholar Murder

New Charges Filed In U Of I Scholar Murder

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A man accused in the abduction and killing of a University of Illinois scholar from China is to be arraigned on new charges. Federal court records show that 28-year-old Brendt Christensen is to appear before a judge Wednesday afternoon. The new indictment alleges Christensen intentionally killed Zhang and that her death involved torture or serious physical abuse. If convicted of the charge, Christensen faces the death penalty or mandatory life in prison.