Motion hints at Christensen’s possible defense

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CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — Lawyers for Brendt Christensen are asking for more time to decide if they’ll present a mental illness defense.

He’s accused of kidnapping and murdering visiting UI scholar Yingying Zhang last year. In a motion filed Friday, they say their job has been a multi-step process.

They say, for the first five months, they worked to stop Christensen from getting the death penalty. The seven months after that, they say they’ve worked to finish a social history investigation and go over his mental health.

They say it hasn’t been possible to get it all done. His trial is currently set to start in April. 

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