Homicide

Members of the Zhang family support Lifeng Ye, second from left, mother of murdered University of Illinois visiting scholar Yingying Zhang, as attorney Zhidong Wang, foreground, translates a statement from the father, Ronggao Zhang, during a news conference, Thursday, July 18, 2019, at the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Peoria, Ill. Brendt Christensen was sentenced Thursday to life in prison for Yingying Zhang's kidnapping and murder. (Matt Dayhoff/Journal Star via AP)
July 19, 2019 - 1:06 pm
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Illinois authorities have said the remains of a slain 26-year-old scholar from China may never be found despite a vow from prosecutors this week that the search will continue. Brendt Christensen, a former physics doctoral student at the University of Illinois, abducted Yingying...
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FILE - In this July 13, 1995 file photo, Dutch U.N. peacekeepers sit on top of an armored personnel carrier while Muslim refugees from Srebrenica, eastern Bosnia, gather in the village of Potocari, just north of Srebrenica. The Dutch Supreme Court is ruling Friday July 19, 2019 in a long-running legal battle over whether the Netherlands can be held liable in the deaths of more than 300 Muslim men who were murdered by Bosnian Serb forces during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. (AP Photo/File)
July 19, 2019 - 1:38 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Latest on a Dutch Supreme Court ruling on the 1995 Srebrenica massacre (all times local): 10:35 a.m. The Dutch Supreme Court has upheld the partial liability of the Netherlands in the deaths of about 350 Bosnian Muslim men who were murdered by Bosnian Serb forces...
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This combination of file photos shows Laquan McDonald and former Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke. The Chicago Police Board on Thursday, July 18, 2019, fired four police officers for allegedly covering up Dyke's 2014 fatal shooting of teenager McDonald. (Family Photo, Cook County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)
July 18, 2019 - 8:27 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Police Board on Thursday fired four police officers for allegedly covering up a white officer's 2014 fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald. The nine-member board found the officers exaggerated the threat posed by the 17-year-old McDonald to justify his shooting...
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FILE - This 2016 selfie provided by her family shows Yingying Zhang in a cap and gown for her graduate degree in environmental engineering from Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School in China. Brendt Christensen's will serve a sentence of life in prison because a federal jury said Thursday, July 18, 2019, it could not unanimously agree he should receive the death penalty in the 2017 abduction, rape and killing of 26-year-old Yingying Zhang. (Zhang Family Photo via AP, File)
July 18, 2019 - 3:22 pm
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A former University of Illinois doctoral student will serve life in prison without parole for the rape and murder of a 26-year-old scholar from China whom he abducted near campus in 2017, after a federal jury said Thursday that it failed to agree on sentencing him to death. The...
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July 18, 2019 - 10:28 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say they have identified a suspect accused of the brutal killing and rape of American scientist Suzanne Eaton. In a statement Thursday, police identified the man as 27-year-old Yiannis Paraskakis, from the port of Chania on the island of Crete. Police have...
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This booking photo released by the Polk County, Iowa, Jail, shows Marvin Oswaldo Escobar-Orellana. Authorities say the Guatemalan man, charged with killing shooting 29-year-old Rossibeth Flores-Rodriguez, her 11-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son, had been deported twice from the U.S. and is believed to be in the country illegally. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Wednesday night, July 17, 2019, that the 31-year-old Escobar-Orellana gave Des Moines police a false name, Marvin Esquivel-Lopez. (Polk County Jail via AP)
July 18, 2019 - 9:38 am
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Guatemalan man who apparently entered the U.S. illegally after being deported twice has been charged with killing an Iowa woman and her two children. Marvin Oswaldo Escobar-Orellana, 31, made an initial court appearance Thursday in Des Moines, where the judge set his bond...
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July 18, 2019 - 7:24 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — An Amsterdam court has convicted a 38-year-old career criminal of organizing the murder of an Iranian who lived in the Netherlands, but says the motive for the killing remains unclear. The victim, Iranian-born Ali Motamed, was gunned down outside his home by two hit...
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Undated photo issued Wednesday July 17, 2019, by Force for Deterrence in Libya, showing Hashem Abedi, the brother of Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi. British police said Wednesday that Hashem Abedi, a key suspect in the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing that killed 22 people, has been arrested at a London airport after being extradited from Libya. (Force for Deterrence in Libya via AP)
July 18, 2019 - 2:50 am
LONDON (AP) — The brother of the suicide bomber who killed almost two dozen people at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester appeared in court Thursday to face 22 charges of murder. Hashem Abedi's lawyer, Zafar Ali, said his client denied the charges. The 22-year-old is the younger brother of...
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FILE - This file photo provided by the Macon County Sheriff's Office in Decatur, Ill., shows Brendt Christensen. Andrea Christensen, the sister of former University of Illinois student Brendt Christensen who is convicted of killing a Chinese scholar, told a jury, Monday, July 15, 2019, deciding whether he should be executed that he was a "very gentle person" who never raised his voice. (Macon County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)
July 17, 2019 - 7:40 pm
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Jurors began deliberating but didn't reach a decision Wednesday on whether a former University of Illinois doctoral student should be put to death for the brutal slaying of a scholar from China he abducted at a bus stop. Brent Christensen's attorney, Elisabeth Pollock, teared up...
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July 17, 2019 - 4:04 pm
LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Police today released images of a serial armed robbery suspect who has struck at least 11 fast-food restaurants or gas stations in Los Angeles and Inglewood. The unidentified suspect's crime spree began on Jan. 9, according to Los Angeles Police Department investigators who say...
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