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US magistrate denies bail for alleged kidnapper
    2017-July-7  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

U.S. magistrate Judge Eric Long on Wednesday ordered the man accused of kidnapping University of Illinois’ visiting Chinese scholar Zhang Yingying to be held in jail indefinitely until he goes on trial.

Brendt Christensen, 28, of Champaign, a former UI graduate student from Wisconsin, was making his second court appearance at the federal courthouse in Urbana on Wednesday afternoon. The suspect did not speak during the 20 minutes’ hearing.

Long called Christensen both a flight risk and a danger to the community because of evidence presented by U.S. attorney Bryan Freres.

Long said the denial of bail is based on four points: first, the severe nature of the kidnapping; second, the evidence presented by prosecutors is strong; third, the suspect lacks tight relationship with the community and he has been unemployed for a long time; four, Christensen is a potential danger to the public if he is freed.

Christensen’s next court date is a preliminary hearing on July 14, unless a grand jury returns an indictment before then. Even if it does, it’s possible Christensen could be arraigned in court that day, said Sharon Paul, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office.

After the hearing, Christensen’s attorney, Evan Bruno went outside the courtroom and said to reporters that Wednesday’s ruling “is not surprising to us,” explaining that it’s not unusual for bail to be denied in a case like this. (Xinhua)

 

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