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Former University of Illinois doctoral student is found guilty of killing a visiting Chinese scholar,

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A former University of Illinois doctoral student, was sentenced Monday in the killing of a visiting scholar from China, and after the attempt to kidnap her at a bus stop and it resulted in the signing of an off-campus apartment to rent.

Jurors deliberated less than 90 minutes of the federal death penalty trial in Peoria, Ill.

The swift conviction, it was expected, as Brendt Christensen, lawyers, and been recognized from the beginning that he raped her, and stabbed Yingying Zhang in June of 2017.

Prosecutors said that he beat her to death with a baseball bat and decapitated her.

Members of the jury found Christensen guilty of kidnapping with death resulting, which carries a possible sentence of death. Prosecutors are expected to be in the penalty phase, to focus on the Film, the brutality, the defense systems, problems of mental health.

The swift conviction, it was expected, as Brendt Christensen, lawyers, and been recognized from the beginning that he raped her, and stabbed Yingying Zhang in June of 2017. Prosecutors say he beat her to death with a baseball bat and decapitated her. (AP)

The court has also said there will be a break of one week or more prior to the penalty phase, a sort of mini-trial, which may last for a couple of weeks.

Illinois no longer has the death penalty, but he may be convicted and sentenced to death, because he had been convicted in federal court of law.

The federal death penalty case is the first in Illinois since the state death penalty on the books, on the grounds that the death penalty processes can be error-prone. Some of the Illinois anti-death penalty activists, who have criticised what they said was the government’s imposition of the death penalty in the case, in a non-death penalty state.

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The defense began the trial with a rare recognition of the fact that their client’s been killed Before, but in saying that, she said that she disagreed with the prosecutors as to how and why. The amazing strategy was an attempt to get you to start right away, to try to convince the judges to save the Film’s.

Members of the jury heard evidence that the Film boasted that he was killed and 12 others for the killing of Zhang, starting in the Stevens Point, Wisconsin, native was 19 and still living in Wisconsin. He began his studies in Champaign, at the university’s prestigious doctoral program in the field of physics in 2013.

His lawyer said that he made the claim that the fact that a serial killer when he was drunk, and that it could not be true, but the FEDS don’t rule it out.

Film, now 29, led Zhang into his car and posing as an undercover agent when she was late for the signing of the apartment lease agreement, on June 9, 2017. The powerful Film forces the 5-foot-4 and Before, in his apartment in Urbana, Champaign’s sister city, 140 miles southwest of Chicago, where he raped her and killed her.

Before it was a bit of bad luck at the wrong place at the wrong time, with the public prosecutor’s office said, adding the Film — which has had fantasised about the killing of a number of a person to be dead that day, and had been for a cruise in his car looking for a victim. Rather, he approached a young woman who is posing as an officer, but she refused to get in the car.

He and his girlfriend, Terra, Bullis, and was followed by a vigil for Zhang on June 29, during a Bullis was wearing an FBI wire to record him for what he killed Before. When she left in the night, and she told me that she would not call the ride-sharing service, and he said to him: “My version of safer walking at night with a serial killer on our hands.” He replied, “Yes. That’s what I am.”

Christensen was arrested on June 30, 2017, for his birthday.

Christensen sought the help of mental health counselors at the high school for homicidal and suicidal thoughts in the months Before it disappeared, according to his lawyer, who told him that his life was out of control. In the first couple of semesters as a doctoral student, Film was on the line, but by late 2016, and was getting Fs in his classes.

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There are more than 5,000 Chinese, among the more than 45,000 students at the University of Illinois at urbana-Champaign, is one of the largest such enrollments in the country.

Zhang had been in Illinois for just over three months, the only time living outside of China. As the daughter of working-class parents, she aspired to be a professor in the sciences to help her family out financially. Friends and family described her as caring and fun-loving.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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