Trial set for Brendt Christensen

URBANA, Ill. - The man accused of kidnapping and killing a Chinese scholar in Champaign will be heading to trial in April of 2019.

The judge set the date after both the prosecution and defense asked for more time to prepare for the death penalty case.

He also denied the motion to move the trial out of Urbana. Brendt Christensen is accused of abducting and murdering Yingying Zhang last year and has been in jail since June.

The judge expects the trial to last 5 weeks from jury selection to verdict.

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