Less than 10 days from the start of the Zhang Yingying, a Beijing News reporter learned from Zhang Yingying’s family legal aid lawyer Wang Zhidong that his family had arrived in the United States on May 23 to participate in the trial beginning on June 3.
After the trial began on June 3, the first step was to continue the jury selection process. In this case, the jury selection process started on December 2018 and 476 people are currently awaiting to be selection. Eventually, 12 jurors and 6 reserve personnel will be selected. The hearing will last from one week to 20 days. The second step is the conviction phase, which lasts for about two weeks. If the conviction is to enter the sentencing phase, it is expected to take three weeks.
It is understood that in federal law, the possible penalty for kidnapping resulting in death is the death penalty or life imprisonment. Wang Zhidong said that all convictions and specific penalties require a unified decision by all jurors.
The Beijing News previously reported that on June 9, 2017, Zhang Yingying was absent from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). The prosecution the charged Christopher, the assistant professor of physics at the school, for kidnapping resulting in death. Christensen has plead not guilty. The trial is scheduled to begin on June 3, 2019.
by Sonzi Li