Zhang Yingying in a cap and gown for her graduate degree in environmental engineering from Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School in 2016. Photo: Zhang family via AP

Father of Chinese scholar Zhang Yingying’s killer Brendt Christensen testifies in bid to save son from death penalty

  • Michael Christensen told court of son’s childhood night terrors and his love of animals, as well as about his mother’s alcoholism
  • As older man spoke, Brendt Christensen’s shoulders shook, and he covered his eyes with his hand
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Zhang Yingying in a cap and gown for her graduate degree in environmental engineering from Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School in 2016. Photo: Zhang family via AP
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Brendt Christensen, killer of Zhang Yingying. File photo: Reuters

Death penalty sought for murder of ‘very smiley’ Chinese academic Zhang Yingying by ‘secretly struggling’ killer Brendt Christensen

  • No ‘ordinary crime’ prosecutors tell Illinois court and relatives of slain academic: ‘It was cold, cruel and calculated.’
  • Brother of victim leaves court in tears after hearing testimony from friends
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Brendt Christensen, killer of Zhang Yingying. File photo: Reuters
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