Local time, June 12, 2019, the United States, Pioria, Illinois, Zhang Yingying case, the prosecution and the defense side to open the case. The picture shows Zhang Yingyings mother, Ye Lifeng (right) and her brother, Zhang Xinyang (middle), arriving at the U.S. court. Visual Chinese Map
Two years after the disappearance of Zhang Yingying, a Chinese visiting scholar, in the United States, finally ushered in the day when the truth gradually surfaced.
On June 9, 2017, the last figure of 26-year-old Zhang Yingying appeared near the University bus stop and disappeared after entering a black car. A few weeks later, police investigators tracked down the owner of the car, 29-year-old local Brent Christensen, and arrested him, before prosecutors charged him with kidnapping to death.
Brandt Christensen was responsible for Zhang Yingyings death. He killed Zhang Yingying. Christensens lawyer, Taserf, made this shocking opening remark on June 12, the first day of the trial in the Federal Court of Peoria, Illinois. Christensen had refused to plead guilty for two years.
However, Wang Zhidong, a lawyer for Zhang Yingyings family, believes that the defense lawyers admission that the suspect Christensen caused Zhang Yingyings death at the opening of the case is a strategy and tactic to try to exempt the suspect from death penalty.
The suspect has not pleaded guilty, neither the suspect nor his lawyer has admitted any abhorrent details in the Commission of the crime, and the nature of the conviction phase remains unchanged at the present trial. There is no doubt that Christensens crimes are unforgivable. Since the suspect does not plead guilty, it is necessary to go through the necessary trial procedures and finally convict him. After conviction, there will be a sentencing trial, and ultimately the jury will decide whether to apply the death penalty or not. Wang Zhidong told Peng Mei News.
The prosecution presented key evidence
He kidnapped her, raped her, attacked her and covered up his crime. Eugene Miller, the assistant U.S. attorney general, spoke in a very strong tone in his opening statement that day.
According to the Chicago Tribune, as the first speaker, the prosecution spent 45 minutes outlining the terrible details of Zhang Yingyings murder process and disclosing the source of key evidence for the first time.
According to the testimony of the earliest police officer who testified in court that day, as early as the third day of Zhang Yingyings disappearance, the police first questioned Christensen, who falsely claimed that he had played a days game at home and never went out at all. However, the police were keen to find that the right front wheel barge cover of the car had obvious deformation, which was completely consistent with the car in the surveillance video. After the second interrogation, the police asked Christensens girlfriend to help monitor and eavesdrop on him.
On June 29, 2017, Christensen and his girlfriend appeared together at a vigil for Zhang Yingying. In the procession of the day, Christensen revealed to his girlfriend the whole process of his murder of Zhang Yingying and boasted that Zhang Yingying was his thirteenth victim, comparing himself with Ted Bundy, the famous American murderer in the 1970s, he even pointed out to his girlfriend what kind of person nearby might be the next victim.
During the conversation on that day, Christensen described in detail how he kidnapped Zhang Yingying into his apartment after he cheated her into the car on June 9 and raped, beaten and beheaded her in his bedroom. However, he did not reveal where the body was abandoned. After that, Christensen bought a lot of disinfectant and bleach from the local supermarket and returned to the apartment. The apartments and vehicles were cleaned up. According to her dialogue, Zhang Yingying has been fighting back in the whole process.
They will never find her body. In the recording, Christensen said after describing the details of Zhang Yingyings death.
Prosecutors said police arrested Christensen the next day after listening to a recording by his girlfriend. According to prosecutors, Zhang Yingyings bloodstains, as well as other stains found on mattresses and carpets, have been found in many places in Christensens apartment, in line with Zhang Yingyings DNA. Based on these recordings, the prosecution described Christensen as a perverted man obsessed with serial killers in court that day, and had planned in detail several months before he lured Zhang Yingying to his residence.
You can put on your headphones and listen to the recording and dialogue in full. This is Christensen, in his own words, telling himself how he kidnapped, murdered and destroyed the remains. The prosecutor said to the jury.
American media and legal professionals generally believe that the suspects girlfriend is the most important witness of the prosecution, and her testimony deserves great attention, local Chinese philosopher told Peng Mei News during the hearing. Wang Zhidong agrees with this.
Zhang Yingying had just arrived in Illinois for two months. This was her first time living outside China. She came to the United States in the hope of becoming a professor at university and helping her parents live a better life after returning home.
But when Zhang Yingying pursues her dream on campus, he (Christensen) is looking for something dark and evil. Miller told the jurors.
Why did the suspect kill Zhang Yingying?
Faced with the prosecutors irrefutable evidence, Christensens lawyer admitted that he was responsible for Zhang Yingyings death in the first sentence of his statement in court. However, he also pointed out that there were some factual errors in the prosecutions statement and hoped that the jury would make a judgement after the debate.
You need to know what kind of person Christensen was before, what he went through and why he went through such a downfall, Tasseff, a defense lawyer, told the jury and the audience.
According to Tasseff, Christensen was portrayed as a brilliant and successful graduate student at the university, and his life began to fall into the abyss slowly until the summer of 2016. In early 2017, his relationship with his ex-wife Michelle had nearly broken down. First, there was a sharp decline in his studies, then he began to drink heavily, drug abuse, and communication problems with his parents.
Tasseff said Christensen hit his lowest point on June 9, 2017, when Zhang Yingying was kidnapped. On the same day, Christensens ex-wife Michelle took her boyfriend to his honeymoon, and his new girlfriend on the Internet texted him that she was with other men.
It was the last straw that crushed him. That morning, Mr. Tasseff said, Christensen woke up and went to a supermarket to buy the biggest bottle of cheap rum and drank it for a day. Then he did something unimaginable.
Zhang Yingyings father was sitting about five meters away from Christensen at the court hearing. He remained motionless for most of the time, listening to the interpreters description of his daughters murder. Occasionally, he turned to look directly at Christensen. Kristensen hardly had any expression during the whole process. The prosecutor occasionally moved his pen in front of him when he made his statement.
Zhang Yingyings boyfriend Hou Xiaolin testified in court that day. Hou Xiaolin said that he and Zhang Yingying had planned to get married in October 2017.
Kaiyu Guan, Zhang Yingyings project leader and assistant professor, also testified in court that day, describing how Zhang Yingying tried to apply for her doctorate. She is very diligent, eager to learn, and willing to help her colleagues. He said. The trial will continue on the morning of the 13th local time and more witnesses are expected to be called. The trial is expected to last about two weeks and a jury of seven men and five women will decide whether Christensen is guilty or not. If Christensen is convicted, the judge said the sentencing section will begin on July 8. Yingyings parents have been thinking about their daughters day and night for two years, and their long waiting has left them exhausted and exhausted. Now they are very angry, painful and unacceptable to learn that the suspect used such cruel means to inflict harm on Yingying. Yingyings family hopes that the criminals can be brought to justice and sentenced to death as soon as possible. At the same time, the familys greatest wish from beginning to end is always to find Yingying and take her home. Wang Zhidong said. Source of this article: PengMei News Responsible Editor: Gu Yunting_NBJS8499
Kaiyu Guan, Zhang Yingyings project leader and assistant professor, also testified in court that day, describing how Zhang Yingying tried to apply for her doctorate. She is very diligent, eager to learn, and willing to help her colleagues. He said.
The trial will continue on the morning of the 13th local time and more witnesses are expected to be called. The trial is expected to last about two weeks and a jury of seven men and five women will decide whether Christensen is guilty or not. If Christensen is convicted, the judge said the sentencing section will begin on July 8.
Yingyings parents have been thinking about their daughters day and night for two years, and their long waiting has left them exhausted and exhausted. Now they are very angry, painful and unacceptable to learn that the suspect used such cruel means to inflict harm on Yingying. Yingyings family hopes that the criminals can be brought to justice and sentenced to death as soon as possible. At the same time, the familys greatest wish from beginning to end is always to find Yingying and take her home. Wang Zhidong said.