Judge OKs streaming video of trial in Chinese scholar death

This undated file photo provided by the University of Illinois Police Department shows Yingying Zhang. Lawyers for Brendt Christensen, an ex-Universit

This undated file photo provided by the University of Illinois Police Department shows Yingying Zhang. Lawyers for Brendt Christensen, an ex-Universit

FILE - This undated photo provided by the Macon County Sheriff's Office in Decatur, Ill., shows Brendt Christensen.  Christensen is accused of luring

FILE - This undated photo provided by the Macon County Sheriff's Office in Decatur, Ill., shows Brendt Christensen. Christensen is accused of luring

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Video of the trial of a former University of Illinois student accused of killing a Chinese scholar will be streamed from a federal courthouse to a viewing room near campus.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports U.S. District Judge James Shadid on Tuesday approved the request "to accommodate members of the public and the victim's family."

The closed-circuit video will stream from the trial in Peoria to a viewing room at the Urbana courthouse, about 90 miles (144 kilometers) away.

Brendt Christensen's trial is scheduled to begin June 3. He is accused of luring Yingying Zhang into his car before torturing and killing her in June 2017. Her body hasn't been found.

Her family's Urbana-based attorney, Steve Beckett, says the family is planning to return to Illinois from China for the trial.

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Information from: The News-Gazette, http://www.news-gazette.com