NEW: Brendt Christensen’s mother, Ellen Williams, testified this afternoon,  saying “it would be horrible” if her son got the death penalty. “It would be devastating,” she said.

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NEW: Brendt Christensen’s mother, Ellen Williams, testified this afternoon,  saying “it would be horrible” if her son got the death penalty. “It would be devastating,” she said.

Fellow physics colleagues testified that Brendt Christensen started out driven but started missing weekly TA meetings, stopped showing up to his office hours and did not use equipment he had signed up to use during testimony Thursday morning at the convicted killer’s sentencing hearing in Peoria.