Man involved in disappearance of Chinese student denied bail

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A bond hearing for the man accused of kidnapping University of IL visiting scholar Yingying Zhang revealed the suspect made statements indicating the woman fought and resisted him during the alleged abduction.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Eric Long on Wednesday ordered the man accused of kidnapping University of Illinois' (UI) visiting Chinese scholar Zhang Yingying to be held in jail indefinitely until he goes on trial.

Prosecutors say the suspect in the kidnapping of a University of IL scholar from China attended a vigil for the victim a day before his arrest and spoke about how she resisted.

The judge called Christensen a "potential risk" for the community.

Investigators also caught him on tape discussing how he kidnapped Ms. Zhang, the University of IL scholar who has been missing since June 9, and how she fought against him at his Champaign apartment, a federal prosecutor said Wednesday. Based on facts uncovered during the investigation, law enforcement agents believe that Zhang is no longer alive.

Christensen's victim comments at Zhang's vigil fit with an interest in abduction fetishes described in the criminal complaint against him.

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- He threatened another person involved in the case to whom he provided incriminating information. The suspect did not speak during the 20-minute-long hearing.

In arguing for bail, Christensen's attorneys said that keeping their client in the Macon County Jail, which is about an hour away, was a disadvantage to his defense.

Christensen, in gray striped prison clothes, entered the court room from a side door and took a seat beside his two lawyers, while Zhang's family was accompanied by Chinese consuls and volunteers. One is whether they pose a danger.

"It's not real evidence at all yet", said Bruno when asked about the case against Christensen.

Ms. Zhang's family showed little visible reaction to the new allegations raised in court Wednesday. "One of the founding principles of the American system of justice is the right to confront and cross-examine witnesses against you..."

His next court appearance is July 14th, where he could be arraigned on kidnapping charges, unless a grand jury indicts him before then. However, they are entitled to test the evidence and see "if it is reliable". Even if it does, it's possible Christensen could be arraigned in court that day, said Sharon Paul, a spokeswoman for the USA attorney's office.

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