Former Northwestern professor to be tried for fatal stabbing

CHICAGO (AP) – A former Northwestern University professor will be tried for the stabbing to death of her boyfriend as part of what prosecutors said was a sexual fantasy she shared with another man who was charged in the case.

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

Lathem is charged in the July 2017 murder of Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau, a 26-year-old hairstylist from Michigan who was stabbed dozens of times in Lathem’s Chicago condo. Lathem, a renowned microbiologist, and Andrew Warren, an Oxford University financial officer who authorities say flew to Chicago from England to participate in the murder, were 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 as part of a plea deal that requires him to testify against Lathem.

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

He would be the highest-profile defendant to stand trial in a Chicago court since face-to-face jury trials resumed in March after a hiatus due to the pandemic.

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