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Suspect in Zhang’s case appears in court
    2017-July-5  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

THE U.S. federal courthouse in Urbana was packed inside and out Monday, as alleged kidnapper Brendt Christensen made his first court appearance since his arrest Friday.

Zhang Yingying’s family had a very somber demeanor in the courtroom Monday.

The hearing only lasted nine minutes, and during that time Christensen spoke very little.

Christensen is charged on the complaint for the kidnapping of visiting University of Illinois scholar, Zhang.

“The defendant has the right to have a grand jury hear evidence to determine if they believe there is probable cause,” a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Sharon Paul, said.

The criminal complaint is based on information the FBI gathered while surveilling the suspect in the weeks leading up to his arrest.

In their report, it states that Christensen was captured on a recording explaining how he had kidnapped Zhang, and brought her back to his apartment and otherwise held her there against her will.

Back in the courtroom, Christensen held his head down and only spoke to acknowledge his rights.

After the hearing, Christensen’s defense attorney, Evan Bruno, had this message.

“At this point, we are very early on in the case,” Bruno said. “And as long as everyone keeps an open mind and listens to the evidence and doesn’t jump to any conclusions, I think that will be best.”

U.S. Magistrate Judge Eric Long ordered Christensen to be held without bond at the Macon County Jail until his next court hearing today at 3 p.m.

FBI investigators say they believe the 26-year-old Zhang is dead, but have not found her.

Zhang has been missing since June 9.

Christensen is charged with kidnapping and is scheduled to appear for a hearing on that charge July 14, Paul said.

“And if convicted, the penalty is up to life in prison,” she told the dozens of reporters gathered outside the federal courthouse in Urbana after Monday’s appearance.

If he is indicted by a grand jury on further charges, that hearing would be called off, Paul said, declining to elaborate.

The search for Zhang has generated intense interest among some students and faculty, particularly the University of Illinois’ large population of Chinese students.

A large crowd gathered outside the courthouse, some bearing signs, in support of Zhang. Champaign resident Gang Wen, who said he is neither a student nor a university employee, was one of them. Wen held a sign that read “Justice for YY Zhang and her family!” He said he came to the courthouse to draw attention to the case.  

(SD-Agencies)

 

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