Former Northwestern professor to be tried for fatal stabbing


CHICAGO (AP) – Former Northwestern University professor set to stand trial for the stabbing death of her boyfriend in what prosecutors said was a sexual fantasy he shared with another man who has been charged in the case.

Jury selection, opening statements and the testimony of at least one witness were scheduled to take place Monday in the trial of Wyndham Lathem, 47, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Lathem is charged with the July 2017 murder of Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau, a 26-year-old hairstylist from Michigan who was stabbed dozens of times in the Lathem condominium in Chicago. Lathem, a renowned microbiologist, and Andrew Warren, a financial official at the University of Oxford who authorities say traveled to Chicago from England to participate in the murder, have been arrested in northern California after an eight-day manhunt.

Prosecutors said the two planned the murder to fulfill an apparent sexual fantasy.

In 2019, Warren pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to 45 years in prison under a plea deal calling him to testify against Lathem.

Lathem has been in the Cook County Jail since his extradition from California. Last year, he tried unsuccessfully to persuade a judge to release him on $ 1 million bail so that his research skills as a microbiologist could be used to fight COVID-19.

He is said to be the most high-profile accused to stand trial in a Chicago courtroom since jury trials resumed in March after a hiatus due to the pandemic.

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