Zhang Yingying, a visiting scholar at the University of Illinois, went missing in 2017. Photo: University of Illinois Police Department via TNS

US man Brendt Christensen, accused of killing visiting Chinese scholar Zhang Yingying, abandons mental health defence

  • Defence earlier planned to argue Christensen suffered from severe mental illness in attempt to avoid death penalty if he is convicted
  • Lawyer for Zhang’s family says he is shocked by move, but can ‘sort of see a strategy’
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Zhang Yingying, a visiting scholar at the University of Illinois, went missing in 2017. Photo: University of Illinois Police Department via TNS
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