PEORIA — A jury has convicted Brendt Christensen for the 2017 murder of University of Illinois scholar Yingying Zhang.
Closing arguments were this morning, and the jury began deliberating after lunch.
After just two hours, the verdict was in. Christensen is guilty of kidnapping resulting in death and making false statements to the FBI.
Christensen has been on trial for weeks and could get the death penalty.
Sentencing is set to begin July 8th.
This story will be updated.