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abducted Zhang 娱乐地图品茶微信off campus and raped, stabbed, choked and beat her with a baseball bat before decapitating her at his Urbana apartment.
Admission of guiltThe start of the trial, Christensen’s admission presented by his attorney and the gory details of how
Zhang was killed have put the case back in the spotlight of massive media coverage both in the US and
China. And it has had a ripple effect on overseas Chinese students and their families thousands of miles away.
Of the more than 1 million foreign students enrolled at universiti
es in the US, 350,755, or about 35 percent are Chinese, according to the Open Doors study
by the Institute of International Education, a nonprofit organization supported by the US government.
“I first heard about this case when I was still in China two years ago, at the
time I accepted an admission offer from UI. I was so shocked, and I remember that many newly admit
ang near the sp上海龙凤1314女神会所 ot where she went missing on June 9, 2017, just two months after she a
rrived in the United States from China. A stone was placed there, engraved with Zhang’s name in both English and Chinese.
For nearly two years, defense lawyers have been preparing their case for Brendt Christensen, a former University of Illi
nois doctoral student who is charged with kidnapping, torturing and killing the 26-year-old scholar from China.
On Wednesday, in the federal courtroom of the central Illinois city of Peoria, a 90-minute drive from the cam
pus, in front of Zhang’s family members, friends, reporters－and 12 jurors－it took defense atto
rney George Tesseff less than one minute to stun the courtroom by saying Christensen had indeed killed Zhang.
The surprise admission was part of the defense attorney’s strategy to focu
s on why his client’s life should be spared when the trial resumes on Monday.