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PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Attorneys for the man charged with kidnapping and killing a Chinese scholar at the University of Illinois-Champaign say the FBI searched his jail cell when he was in court.
Brendt Christensen’s attorneys now want a judge to force the FBI to divulge what they found in Friday’s search. They filed a motion Sunday requesting a hearing.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Christensen , who’s charged in the 2017 abduction and death of 26-year-old Yingying Zang. Authorities haven’t found her body.
The News-Gazette reports Christensen’s attorneys say the FBI came to the Livingston County jail when he was in court Friday in Peoria, searched his belongings and interviewed his fellow inmates.
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They allege agents violated Christensen’s right against unlawful searches and seizures by showing up without warning and without a search warrant.
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