Ex-Northwestern professor to stand trial in fatal stabbing

CHICAGO (AP) — A former Northwestern University professor is ready to stand trial in the stabbing dying of his boyfriend as a part of what prosecutors stated was a sexual fantasy he shared with one other man who was charged in the case.

Jury choice, opening statements and testimony from not less than one witness have been anticipated to occur Monday in the trial of 47-year-old Wyndham Lathem, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Lathem is charged in the July 2017 killing of Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau, a 26-year-old hair stylist from Michigan who was stabbed dozens of occasions in Lathem’s Chicago high-rise condominium. Lathem, a famend microbiologist, and Andrew Warren, an Oxford University monetary officer who authorities say flew to Chicago from England to take part in the killing, have been arrested in Northern California after an eight-day manhunt.

Prosecutors stated that the 2 deliberate the killing to fulfill an obvious sexual fantasy.

In 2019, Warren pleaded responsible to homicide and was sentenced to 45 years in jail as a part of a plea settlement that requires him to testify towards Lathem.

Lathem has been in Cook County Jail since he was extradited from California. Last year, he tried unsuccessfully to persuade a decide to launch him on $1 million bail in order that his analysis expertise as a microbiologist could possibly be used to battle COVID-19.

He can be the very best profile defendant to stand trial in a Chicago courtroom since in-person jury trials resumed in March following a break due to the pandemic.

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