Remains of slain U of I Chinese scholar could be in Illinois landfill: Report 08/02/2019 11:08 am PDT Facebook Logo Twitter Logo WGN via WGN CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WGN) -- The remains of a murdered University of Illinois student from China may be in a landfill in Vermillion County, the News-Gazette reports. An attorney for the family of Yinying Zhang is expected to hold a news conference later Friday. Last month, former university doctoral student Brendt Christensen was sentenced to life in prison for Zhang's 2017 murder. Prosecutors said he beat, raped and decapitated her. Before the trial, prosecutors had considered a plea deal in which they'd drop their quest for the death penalty if Christensen told them where to find the young woman's body. According to the News-Gazette, defense attorneys provided information to the prosecution “under an immunity agreement.” Prosecutors then passed it along to Zhang's family. MORE: Remains of slain U of I Chinese scholar could be in Illinois landfill: Report - WGN #Illinois #WGN Related Stories ‘How do I spend the rest of my life without my daughter?’ Judge OKs blood, DNA evidence in Chinese scholar's case Man charged with kidnapping U of I student wants trial delayed Prosecutors to seek death penalty in missing Illinois scholar case Man accused of kidnapping scholar went to support walk Brendt Christensen found guilty in 2017 murder of Yingying Zhang Jury to consider death penalty in Chinese scholar killing Attorney admits Christensen responsible for death of Yingying Zhang Bail denied for suspect in kidnapping of U of I scholar Lawyers want trial delay to investigate Yingying Zhang sightings FBI investigating accused killer Christensen’s claims of more victims Brendt Christensen sentenced to life in scholar's slaying; no death penalty Man accused of kidnapping U of I scholar could face death penalty Father of missing U of I scholar: 'Give my daughter back'