“Grisly” details shared in University of Illinois scholar’s death

Ying Ying Zhang – Photo Champ Co Police Dept

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — As Federal prosecutors on Wednesday shared with jurors grisly details of how they claim a former University of Illinois doctoral student kidnapped a visiting scholar from China, then brutally beat and killed her, defense attorneys intent on sparing their client a possible death penalty offered an exceptional claim: He did it. Opening statements began Wednesday in the federal death-penalty trial of Brendt Christensen, who is accused of killing 26-year-old Yingying Zhang.