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Former UW graduate faces death penalty for murder

(WKOW) — A former Stevens Point man and UW graduate could be put to death for killing a woman.

Jurors convicted Brendt Christensen of kidnapping and killing Yingying Zhang.

She was taken in June 2017 during a visit to the University of Illinois. Her body has not been found.

Today, a spokesman for her family said they still can’t imagine how to live without her.

“There is no language that can describe our pain and suffering,” said Zhidong Wang, an attorney and spokesman for the Zhang family. “We hope and believe that this trial will eventually bring justice to Yingying and us.”

Zhang’s family will ask jurors to recommend Christensen get the death penalty.

Sentencing is scheduled to begin July 8.



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