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July 14th trial date set for man who abducted Yingying Zhang

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UPDATE 12-July -2017:  It is being reported that a grand jury indicted Brendt Christensen on kidnapping charges.  The July 14th preliminary trial has been canceled.  Next trial date is July 20, 2017.

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It is being reported on July 3, 2017 that Brendt Christensen will stand trial beginning on July 14, 2017.  “Christensen is scheduled to attend a bond hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Eric Long on Wednesday. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 14.”  Christensen is accused of kidnapping Chinese visiting scholar Yingying Zhang.  Both attended the University of Illinois.


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Multiple videos have sprung up on social media showing Christensen on June 29, 2017 walking with demonstrators who were raising awareness for Yingying Zhang.   Hundreds of students and faculty, including Yingying’s family held a concert and march to the exact spot where she was abducted.

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A mystery woman is shown in videos of Christensen when he attended the rally for Yingying.  No new information has come out regarding who she is and if she had any role in Yingying Zhang’s abduction.

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It has been speculated that Yingying’s family might have been informed by investigators about what happened to her.  However, in an interview, the family’s attornery, Wang Zhidong said that he does not believe the family knows anything that the public isn’t aware of.

The FBI have said that they believe she is dead but they have not revealed why they have come to this conclusion.  They have not released some evidence publicly as they do not want to harm their ongoing investigation.  Meanwhile, Yingying Zhang is still missing almost a month after she was kidnapped.

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