URBANA, ILL. (KMOX) – A judge has allowed lawyers for a 27-year-old suspect in the abduction of a University of Illinois scholar from China to withdraw from the case on grounds he can’t foot the legal bills.

U.S. District Judge Colin Bruce said at a Friday hearing in Urbana, Illinois, that a defense attorney paid for by federal funds would be brought in to represent Brendt Christensen.

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Outgoing attorney Thomas Bruno says Christensen can’t afford to pay for work that could include a death-penalty defense.

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