A University of Illinois graduate student has told jurors that the man on trial for abducting and killing a 26-year-old visiting scholar from China attempted to get her into his car by posing as an undercover police officer.

Emily Hogan testified Tuesday that Brendt Christensen wore mirrored sunglasses and flashed a fake badge after pulling up to her at a bus stop. She approached his car but backed away when he asked her to get in.

Prosecutors say that happened on June 9, 2017, as Christensen hunted for a victim to fulfill a homicidal fantasy. They say that four hours later he successfully lured Yingying Zhang into his car, raped, beat and killed her.

FILE - This 2016 selfie provided by her family shows Yingying Zhang in a cap and gown for her graduate degree in environmental engineering from Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School. The 26-year-old visiting scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, disappeared June 9, 2017. Brendt Christensen, a former graduate student, has been charged with kidnapping and killing her. Zhang's body has not been found. (Zhang Family Photo via AP, File)
FILE – This 2016 selfie provided by her family shows Yingying Zhang in a cap and gown for her graduate degree in environmental engineering from Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School. The 26-year-old visiting scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, disappeared June 9, 2017. Brendt Christensen, a former graduate student, has been charged with kidnapping and killing her. Zhang’s body has not been found. (Zhang Family Photo via AP, File)

Champaign’s News-Gazette reports Hogan testified she felt physically ill when she identified Christensen’s photo in a police display days later.

The memorial garden for Yingying Zhang is seen outside of Campbell Hall Thursday, June 13, 2019, on the University of Illinois campus in Urbana, Ill. (Stephen Haas/The News-Gazette via AP)
The memorial garden for Yingying Zhang is seen outside of Campbell Hall Thursday, June 13, 2019, on the University of Illinois campus in Urbana, Ill. (Stephen Haas/The News-Gazette via AP)
FILE - This 2016 selfie provided by her family shows Yingying Zhang in a cap and gown for her graduate degree in environmental engineering from Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School. The 26-year-old visiting scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, disappeared June 9, 2017. Brendt Christensen, a former graduate student, has been charged with kidnapping and killing her. Zhang's body has not been found. (Zhang Family Photo via AP, File)
FILE – This 2016 selfie provided by her family shows Yingying Zhang in a cap and gown for her graduate degree in environmental engineering from Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School. The 26-year-old visiting scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, disappeared June 9, 2017. Brendt Christensen, a former graduate student, has been charged with kidnapping and killing her. Zhang’s body has not been found. (Zhang Family Photo via AP, File)

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