Zhang Yingying went missing in Illinois in June 2017. Photo: University of Illinois Police Department via AP

Will Chinese scholar Zhang Yingying’s killer Brendt Christensen get the death penalty? Here’s how jury will decide

  • ‘Mini-trial’ to determine if Christensen should be put to death is expected to be more contentious and gruelling than verdict phase
  • Jurors will have to consider whether he killed Zhang ‘in an especially heinous, cruel or depraved manner’ and whether he has shown remorse
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Zhang Yingying went missing in Illinois in June 2017. Photo: University of Illinois Police Department via AP
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Zhang Yingying went missing in June 2017. Photo: TNS

Where is the body of Chinese scholar Zhang Yingying? Killer Brendt Christensen offered to reveal location to avoid death penalty

  • Victim’s family was wary of offer because ‘he had lied so many times in the past’
  • Defence wants judge to bar statements in trial’s death-penalty phase that suggest Christensen refused to help locate Zhang’s remains
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Zhang Yingying went missing in June 2017. Photo: TNS
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