Man Accused of Abducting & Killing U of I Scholar Asks for More Time to Prepare Case

Man Accused of Abducting & Killing U of I Scholar Asks for More Time to Prepare Case

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Attorneys for a man accused of abducting and killing a University of Illinois scholar from China are asking for more time to prepare his defense. Former graduate student Brendt Christensen is charged in the June kidnapping and death of Yingying Zhang. A February trial is scheduled. The News-Gazette in Champaign reports that Christensen’s public defenders asked Tuesday for a trial delay so they can prepare a thorough defense.