Potential jurors questioned as trial begins

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Jury Selection

UPDATED 7:43pm

PEORIA, Ill. (WCIA) — 13 people are moving on as potential jurors in the trial for Brendt Christensen. 

29 people were questioned. The judge asked if anyone had heard about the case and most of them had. The people chosen today will be put into a larger pool of 70 before being narrowed down.

Jury selection is expected to last the rest of the week.


PEORIA, Ill. (WCIA) — Jury selection started in the case against the man accused of kidnapping and killing UI scholar, Yingying Zhang.

A judge and lawyers from both sides questioned more than two dozen potential jurors today.
The ones chosen today could serve on the trial of Brendt Christensen.

Jury questioning started Monday. There were 29 people brought in instead of the expected 32. They picked 7 people to be in the pool from this morning’s group. It has not been confirmed how many people were picked. Judge James Shadid asked how many people had heard about the case, and 22 of the 29 had. 

Five said they had formed opinions about Christensen’s guilt. Some said that would affect their ability to be a juror. The judge listed witnesses to make sure no one knew somebody on the list.

He asked potential jurors questions, including if they believe in the death penalty and is life in prison worse than the death penalty. After that, it was private questioning that lasted several hours.

Everybody selected today will be put in a pool of 70. They’ll come back next week to get narrowed down.

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