Right: Chinese visiting scholar Zhang Yingying; left: suspect Christensen. (Source: Chicago World Window)
Overseas Network, June 14, local time, 13, Chinese visiting scholar Zhang Yingying in the United States kidnapping death case entered the second day of the trial, the prosecution continued to provide witnesses and testimony, stating what they thought Zhang Yingying was killed. US media revealed details of the suspects facial changes and physical reactions during the trial that day.
According to CNN, most of the facial expressions of the suspect Christensen were calm during the trial on June 13, but when he mentioned his ex-wife, his eyebrows frowned. When FBI agents asked what he was doing on the afternoon of June 9, 2019, his fingers trembled.
Reported that from 9 am to 10:20 am on the 13th, the prosecution provided three witnesses, including the University of Illinois at Champaign (URUC) police, FBI agents and a local supermarket chain responsible for. When FBI agents testified, Christensen was very serious, sometimes talking to lawyers, sometimes leaning forward to watch the evidence carefully.
FBI agents said that when they first asked Kristensen what he was doing from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on June 9, 2017, Kristensen first said he did not remember very well, and then when he checked with his mobile phone, FBI agents noticed that Kristensen looked calm on the surface, but his fingers were shaking.
When FBI agents testified, the prosecution also released a video of Christensens inquiry at the police station on June 16 and 15, 2017. The video lasted nearly an hour. In the interrogation video, Christensen first said he slept and played games at home on June 9, then changed his voice and admitted that he had picked up an Asian woman on URUC campus, but she got off the bus halfway.
In the course of the inquiry, the prosecution repeatedly stressed. We already know you didnt let her off the bus. We know what you did. We need to find her as soon as possible and take her home with us. As for the prosecutions inquiries, Christensen initially remained silent, and finally, perhaps under pressure, said, Its time for me to answer questions.
However, the defense reacted strongly to the prosecutions evidence and filed a motion in court to withdraw the evidence, arguing that it was harmful to Christensens rights and interests and would prejudice the jury, but the judge did not agree with the defenses request. The defense then began cross-examining the agent. Meanwhile, the defense tried to prove that Christensen had no previous criminal record.
In testimony by the head of a local supermarket chain in Illinois, prosecutors released Christensens shopping list on June 12, 2017. In addition to the daily food, banana milk and so on, the list also includes kitchen garbage bags dredging sewers with chemicals such as Drano and 13 gallons (equivalent to 2.6 barrels of water volume).
However, the report said it was not clear what the purpose of Christensens purchase of these items was. The online records displayed by the prosecution after Zhang Yingyings death also showed that he searched for information about how to clean up the items. In addition, the prosecution showed in court a large bag that Christensen bought three days before the incident. The bag was even larger than the prosecutors figure. The police had not found the bags whereabouts.
The trial ended around 4:20 p.m., and federal judge Sandy said the prosecution would continue to provide witnesses and evidence at 9 a.m. on the 14th.
As on the first day of the trial, Zhang Yingyings father, brother and boyfriend entered the court. Zhang Yingyings mother watched the whole trial process synchronously in the room next to the court. According to American media, Zhang looked very tired.
The day before, in his opening statement on the 12th, federal prosecutor Eugene Miller gave the jury a detailed description of what the prosecution thought was Zhang Yingyings murder. Miller said Christensen took the victim to his apartment and carried out cruel acts of sexual assault, beating and beheading. Defense lawyers unexpectedly admitted that Christensen killed Zhang Yingying, but did not plead guilty.
Source: Overseas Network Responsible Editor: Li Hang_BJS4645