CHICAGO – Prosecutors say they have held talks about a possible plea deal with the defendant charged with the kidnapping and murder of the University of Illinois scholar from China.
Officers of justice announced that the talks in an Urbana federal court, to which no additional data. They recently said they are seeking the death penalty for Brendt Christensen, mentioning how he allegedly tortured 26-year-old Yingying Zhang for killing her. Her body is still not found.
These pro forma sessions are not uncommon. They often involve defendants with the offer of cooperation for a lesser sentence. But what Christensen can offer and whether the prosecutors would be willing to recommend a different penalty than the death is not clear.
Wednesday submission focused on a request to unseal the court papers. In the approach of that problem, officers of justice turned out to be the talk.
Trial is set for April 2, 2019.