Zhang Yingyings sentencing trial: the suspect bows his head and wipes his tears when his fianc testifies in court

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 Zhang Yingyings sentencing trial: the suspect bows his head and wipes his tears when his fianc testifies in court


Zhang Yingying, her boyfriend and parents took a group photo. Source: U.S. Federal Prosecutors Office

On Tuesday, July 9, local time in the United States, the sentencing trial of Zhang Yingyings disappearance, a Chinese visiting scholar, once again experienced an exciting day.

On the same day, the jury heard additional testimony from Zhang Yingyings ex-boyfriend and fiance, Hou Xiaolin, according to the Chicago News Bulletin and local television station WTTW. After that, Zhang Yingyings parents and friends appeared in court for the first time with the help of translators, and the scenes on the scene were moving.

When Zhang Ronggao appeared in court, he held the picture in his hand. This was Zhang Yingyings picture when she was separated from her family at the railway station before she left for the United States. It was also the last time she saw her daughter. At that moment, her father, who had been showing a strong side before and after the case, could no longer control himself. He turned around and was anxious. I took a dramatic breath, but I still couldnt stop it. I began to cry.

A few metres away, Christensen, sitting in the dock, also shed tears for the first time. He grabbed a tissue and wiped his eyes.

Boyfriend: deprived me of the most important person in my 30 years of life

First, Hou Xiaolin, who testified in court, told the jury that he had lost Zhang Yingyings devastating influence on him.

For me, losing Yingying completely changed my life trajectory. (The suspect) deprived me of the most important person in my 30 years of life. He said.

According to Hou Xiaolin, he had planned to complete his doctorate and obtain a postdoctoral degree in the United States. He returned home with Zhang Yingying, who had planned to marry in October 2017.

Shes an excellent table tennis player, he said. She likes to study in the United States and wants to contribute to better research and learn about different cultures.

He also talked about the impact of her fiancees death on her family, especially her parents. His parents are not well-educated and their families are not well off. Yingying is everything to them and makes them full of hope for the future. Now they have lost their future. They cant even eat and sleep. He said that her mother cried almost every day, which was very worrying.

Hou Xiaolin said that although he was in grief, he had been trying to help his fiancees parents continue to live, but so far she has not been found, how can we do it? Her parentsonly wish is to find her and take her home.

They feel helpless, he said. They blame themselves. But I will never give up hope of finding her.

Zhang Father: I dont know how to spend the rest of my life.

Zhang Yingyings father, Zhang Ronggao, was the second to testify in court. After struggling to contain the strong emotions, he told the jury and the judge through a translator about the great blow his daughters departure had brought to the family.

Shes part of me, and my life wont be complete without her, he said. To be honest, I dont know how to spend the rest of my life.

Afraid of losing control, Zhang Yingyings mother, Ye Lifeng, gave testimony through a pre-recorded video.

Before the video of Zhangmu was shown, the suspect Christensen, who had been sitting in the dock, began to blush and seemed to be crying. He grabbed a tissue and wiped his eyes. During the process of Zhang Yingyings familys testimony, he kept his head down or eyes closed.

Shes a very good child, Zhang Yingyings mother said. Shes always very mature and an excellent student. She would help with the housework without being asked, and immediately begin to do her homework. She said she would also provide financial assistance to students who need it more.

The mother also said that she was satisfied with Zhang Yingyings fiance and looked forward to their marriage. Id love to see her wearing a wedding dress, she said tearfully. Now I cant go to my daughters wedding anymore. I really want to be a grandmother.

A female juror left the jury table crying

A few minutes later, a female juror left the jury table crying. The judge announced a 15-minute break.

After the trial resumed, the jury watched a video interview with Ms. Wu, a university friend of Zhang Yingying. She said in the video that Zhang Yingying loves her family very much. Her mother did not want her to study abroad before, but wanted her to stay in China and work.

Zhang Yingying, she said, has a strong self-discipline. Although she looks very thin and small, she has a strong independence and concept.

She never gave up her dream of studying abroad, she said. Shes almost always taking care of others on her own initiative. She also invited herself to watch plays and ski and try new experiences. She has positive energy.

To this day, we have not accepted this fact and recovered from our grief, she said.

That afternoon, FBI officials again testified that Christensen had taken measures to obstruct the investigation and lied to investigators. In addition to the testimony, the jurors heard several recordings of Christensens phone calls in prison, and several months after his arrest he continued to claim his innocence. The prosecutor claims that this shows his lack of remorse for the killing. After his arrest, Christensen also called his wife to tell her that her girlfriend would not talk to anyone except their lawyer. He also told her to delete his Reddit social account and comments. On June 24, the defendant Christensen was convicted by a federal jury on three counts, including kidnapping to death. Today, the same jury will decide whether he should be sentenced to death. On the one hand, the prosecutor told the jury that the crime should be punished by the death penalty. On the other hand, the defense lawyers tried to point out Christensens mental health problems in order to be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. Source of this article: Peng Mei News Responsible Editor: Shi Jianlei_NBJ11331

That afternoon, FBI officials again testified that Christensen had taken measures to obstruct the investigation and lied to investigators. In addition to the testimony, the jurors heard several recordings of Christensens phone calls in prison, and several months after his arrest he continued to claim his innocence. The prosecutor claims that this shows his lack of remorse for the killing. After his arrest, Christensen also called his wife to tell her that her girlfriend would not talk to anyone except their lawyer. He also told her to delete his Reddit social account and comments.

On June 24, the defendant Christensen was convicted by a federal jury on three counts, including kidnapping to death. Today, the same jury will decide whether he should be sentenced to death. On the one hand, the prosecutor told the jury that the crime should be punished by the death penalty. On the other hand, the defense lawyers tried to point out Christensens mental health problems in order to be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole.