Two adjournment of sentencing trial in Zhang Yingying case

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 Two adjournment of sentencing trial in Zhang Yingying case


BEIJING, July 10 (Xinhua) U.S. Time, July 9, is the second day of the sentencing trial of the defendant in Zhang Yingyings case, Christensen. Zhang Yingyings family member, lawyer Wang Zhidong, introduced to CNN reporters that several episodes occurred during the court hearing on the 9th day, resulting in two adjournments, and Zhang Yingyings father choked at one time during testimony and could not go on. He pointed out that for Zhang Yingyings family, such testimony was very cruel, and they had to recall the sad past over and over again. But at the same time, they have been waiting for this day for two years. For the sake of Zhang Yingying, for the sake of justice, they have spoken heartfelt words to the judges, the jury and all those who care about this case.

Zhang Ronggao (right), mother Ye Lifeng (middle), brother Zhang Xinyang (left). (Source: World Daily Commissioner Huang Huiling_Photography)

Lawyer Wang Zhidong said that Zhang Yingyings boyfriend Hou Xiaolin, the prosecutions witness, continued to testify on the first day. Zhang Yingyings father, brother and two FBI agents also testified in court. Including three FBI language experts who testified in court on the 8th, the prosecution provided a total of eight witnesses. So far, the prosecution witnesses have all completed their testimony, one day ahead of schedule.

Two FBI agents testified on the 9th day that the criminal Christensen had made plans and preparations before committing the crime, lied to the police after committing the crime, and made many measures to clean up and eliminate the evidence. The evidence also shows that the offender had no intention of repentance until two weeks ago.

In these two days, the most important thing is the testimony of Zhang Yingyings family. Nine videos were broadcast during their testimony. Eight of them were recorded in China. Seven were the testimony of Zhang Yingyings high school, University and graduate students, as well as her high school head teacher. Another one recorded Zhang Yingyings home in China. The last video is the testimony of Zhang Yingyings mother. Because of her emotional instability, she recorded the video before the court and broadcast it during Zhang Yingyings fathers testimony.

DATA PICTURE: The defendant in Zhang Yingyings case, Christensen.

There are many interruptions in the trial, and one juror is out of control.

Lawyer Wang Zhidong said that there were several episodes in the 9 th trial. When Zhang Yingyings boyfriend Hou Xiaolin testified, he expressed his sorrow for the details of the crime of the offender in this case. He was opposed by the defendants lawyer and asked the judge to declare the exile trial. The reason is that in the sentencing stage, the family testified only to prove that the disappearance or death of the victim caused pain to the family, but it is not allowed to mention the defendants crime. Perform and recommend penalties.

The judge adjourned the court. After consultation between the judge and the lawyers, the judge eventually rejected the defenses motion and instructed the jury to ignore the two statements in the testimony that referred to the defendant.

Lawyer Wang Zhidong pointed out that this is another manifestation of the defense lawyersall-out use.

A more unexpected scene appeared when Zhang Yingyings mothers video was shown. When she talked about her desire to see her daughter get married, wear a wedding dress and be a grandmother, but none of these desires could be fulfilled, a female juror suddenly rose and left the court. The judge had to adjourn the court for 15 minutes.

The defence considers the juror to have acted improperly. The judge invited the juror and the lawyers from both sides to the back office for discussion and concluded that although the juror was out of control at that time, after rest, he had returned to normal and would not affect his impartial judgment.

In addition, when Zhang Yingyings father looked at the picture of the couple standing with their daughter at Nanping High-speed Railway Station and was asked if it was the last picture before they separated from Zhang Yingying, he choked and could not go on. His testimony was suspended for several minutes. The judge asked him to drink water and handed him a paper towel to rest for a while before continuing to testify.

DATA FIGURE: Zhang Yingying.

Lawyer: For family members, testimony is cruel.

Lawyer Wang Zhidong pointed out that for Zhang Yingyings family, such testimony was very cruel. They had to recall their heartbroken past over and over again and repeat the pain they had experienced. But at the same time, they have been waiting for this day for two years. For the sake of Zhang Yingying, for the sake of justice, in the solemn courts, to the judges, to the jury, to all those who care about this case, they have made their own heartfelt remarks.

Lawyer Wang Zhidong said that their testimony was so touching that everyone was moved by it, one juror had to leave the room, and some of the audience were crying when they rested. I am proud of Yingyings family. They are the best witnesses!

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