Will there be sentencing hearings, where the victim's family can speak out?
Probably the week before, since the 8th is a Monday.
I don't know if the Zhang family will be allowed to make a victim impact statement.
The defense presumably would object.
Zhang Yingying was an only child, and her parents lost their future.
They are sincere in saying they don't know how they will go on.
Her family wants to bring her remains home to China. The murderer
has shown no remorse and refused to reveal where he hid her remains.
The victim's family would prefer the death penalty. But it is rare in
the USA for any white person to be
executed for killing only non-white people,
no matter what the circumstances.
By the way, Brendt Christiansen reportedly approached a young white
woman shortly before he abducted and raped Zhang Yingying.
If she had been his.victim instead, perhaps a death sentence would be more likely.
So far, I have not noticed any significant mitigating evidence.
The defense claims that the murderer had troubles in his marriage
and felt anxious.or depressed.
So abduction, rape, torture, and murder was supposed to make him feel better.
In the midst of all the concern here about how much the murderer
will suffer if he is sentenced to death,
Westerners seem to overlook how much the victim and her family have suffered.