Witness: Suspect in slaying tried to get her into his car

U.S. 06/18/19, 13:16

A University of Illinois graduate student has told jurors that the man on trial for abducting and killing a 26-year-old visiting scholar from China attempted to get her into his car by posing as an undercover police officer.Emily Hogan testified Tuesday that Brendt Christensen wore mirrored sunglasses and flashed a ...

Testimony: Suspect bought Drano after Chinese scholar death

U.S. 06/13/19, 19:33

A former University of Illinois doctoral student on trial in the killing of a visiting scholar from China bought Drano and garbage bags three days after the slaying, according to testimony Thursday.The detail came during the second day of the federal murder trial of Brendt Christensen in the June 2017 ...

Defense in trial of Chinese scholar’s death: He did it

U.S. 06/12/19, 14:30

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 ...

Openings set at Illinois trial in slaying of Chinese scholar

U.S. 06/11/19, 23:31

Opening statements are set for Wednesday in the death-penalty trial of a former University of Illinois graduate student charged with kidnapping, torturing and killing a visiting Chinese scholar, a case closely watched by Chinese students across the U.S.A federal judge moved the trial to Peoria in central Illinois after Brendt ...

Jury to be picked in man’s trial in Chinese scholar’s death

U.S. 06/11/19, 08:07

Jury selection is expected to wrap up in the trial of a former graduate student accused of kidnapping and killing a University of Illinois scholar from China.Brendt Christensen is charged in the 2017 death of Yingying Zhang. Her body was never found.Jury selection began June 3 in Peoria, Illinois. Opening ...

Police: Gunshots meant for someone else killed Illinois boy

U.S. 05/15/19, 09:26

Authorities in Peoria say a 4-year-old boy died when gunfire intended for someone else struck him three times in the back and arm.Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood said Tuesday that Jeremiah L. Ward died from massive internal bleeding caused by the gunshot wounds. The boy died and a 23-year-old man ...

Mental health defense dropped in Chinese scholar case

Health 04/29/19, 11:32

Lawyers for a former University of Illinois student accused of killing a visiting Chinese scholar say they are abandoning their mental health defense. The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports that Brendt Christensen's attorneys had been planning to argue that the 29-year-old suffered from severe mental illness in an attempt to avoid the death ...

3 children, 2 adults die in Illinois ‘inferno’ trailer fire

U.S. 04/08/19, 09:37

A central Illinois mobile home fire that neighbors called an "inferno" left three young children and two adults dead, authorities said. The victims of the late Saturday blaze were identified as Ariel Wall, 1, Rose Alwood and Damien Wall, both 2, Jason Wall, 34, and Kathryn Murray, 69, Woodford County Coroner ...

Filing: FBI searched cell of man charged in scholar’s death

U.S. 12/17/18, 14:30

Attorneys for the man charged with kidnapping and killing a Chinese scholar at the University of Illinois-Champaign say the FBI searched his jail cell when he was in court.Brendt Christensen's attorneys now want a judge to force the FBI to divulge what they found in Friday's search. They filed a ...

Missing Illinois professor, husband feared dead; son charged

U.S. 10/30/18, 07:37

Authorities say a 21-year-old Illinois man has confessed to killing his parents who have been missing since the weekend.Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell said Monday that Jose Ramirez is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Susan Brill de Ramirez and Antonio Ramirez Barron.Asbell says a relative called authorities ...

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