It was a short day seven in federal court. A jury will decide this week whether the man convicted of killing a U of I student from China should receive the death penalty.
Court let out before 11 Tuesday morning. Once the jury was present, the defense rested. The prosecution then began their rebuttal to the defense’s testimony.
FBI Agent Andrew Huckstadt took the stand to fact check some of the defense’s witnesses. Prosecutors played several phone calls to prove the following:
- That Brendt Chirstensen laughed during a jailhouse phone call with his ex wife Michelle Zortman…where she said she hoped his girlfriend would pass out during testimony.
- To show Christensen said he was getting 12 hours of sleep a day while just because he wanted to.
- That Michael Christensen, Brendt’s father said the Zhang family should apologize once Brendt had been exonerated. This phone call took place when Brendt was still claiming he was innocent.
Prosecutors played the calls to point out inconsistencies in the defense’s testimonies. Closing statements are set to start Wednesday at 9am.