Friday, September 2, 2016
From The Washington Post:
LUYI COUNTY, CHINA — In a courtroom in the Chinese heartland, a defense attorney made his final pitch.
That his client, Zhang Yazhou, killed his wife was not in question. At 5:25 in the evening on Feb. 21, Zhang walked into his wife’s hospital room. They argued. He strangled her, digging his fingers deep into the flesh of her neck.
By the time nurses entered the room, Zhang was gone and Li Hongxia, just 24, was dead.
Since Zhang confessed on television and in court, the issue at hand was the sentence. Li’s family and their lawyer asked for the death penalty, which is common in China, describing a year of escalating abuse that culminated in a brutal murder.
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