Student Accused in Kidnap, Torture, Death of Chinese Scholar - Higher Education
Higher Education News and Jobs

Student Accused in Kidnap, Torture, Death of Chinese Scholar

by Associated Press

A hearing is scheduled in the case of a former physics student accused of kidnapping and killing a University of Illinois scholar from China whose lawyers say they want the presiding judge to recuse himself in the death-penalty case.

Monday’s hearing in U.S. District Court in Urbana is expected to address the recusal issue and other matters.

A two-page filing on Wednesday didn’t spell out why Brendt Christensen’s attorneys think Colin Stirling Bruce should step aside. And neither defense attorney Robert Tucker nor the U.S. attorney’s office would comment.

Prosecutors announced Jan. 19 they’ll seek capital punishment, saying Christensen allegedly tortured Yingying Zhang before killing her.

Monday’s hearing could also address defense attorneys’ request for a trial to be pushed into mid-2019. Prosecutors want the trial this October.

RELATED ARTICLES >>
The Minority Coach Roundup Week 6 This weekend was a tough one for minority head coaches in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). Out of the 14 coaches that had games only two won. In the game of the week (week 6) Derek Mason and Vanderbilt lost to the 2nd ranked University of Georgia...
The Minority Coach Roundup Week 5 This weekend was another exciting one for 13 of the 18 minority head coaches in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). In the game of the week Penn State and head coach James Franklin lost in a close game to Ohio State, currently ranked 3rd, 27 – 26. T...
University of Illinois to Offer Free Tuition to Qualified In-State Students On Monday, the University of Illinois announced it will begin offering eight semesters of free tuition and fees to eligible in-state students whose family income is below $61,000 annually. Depending on the student’s major, the offer will be worth at ...
Being a Tourist is Not the Same as Being a Minority I recently returned from China. I spent the summer teaching American law, in English. As a Chinese American, I must confess one of the most annoying statements that White Americans make is that, after they have been a tourist overseas, they understan...
Semantic Tags: