Last fall, the school de上海龙凤1314女神会所 ial garden to Zha

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.

However, the defense entered a plea of not guilty.

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.

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