CHICAGO — A jury convicted a former Northwestern University professor of first-degree murder on Thursday in the 2017 stabbing death of his boyfriend.
Jurors in Cook County deliberated lower than two hours earlier than returning the responsible verdict in opposition to Wyndham Lathem, 47, a famend microbiologist whom Northwestern fired after he fled the Chicago space following the killing.
During 9 days of testimony, prosecutors described Lathem as a cold-blooded killer who stabbed defenseless 26-year-old Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau. Defense attorneys argued their shopper was a bystander framed by the precise killer, alleged co-conspirator Andrew Warren, a British nationwide who pleaded responsible to his position in the slaying.
Jurors had been despatched again to deliberate round 3:30 p.m. Thursday after a number of hours of closing arguments and reached their determination about 5:15 p.m.
On Tuesday, Lathem testified that Warren alone stabbed Cornell-Duranleau throughout what began as a methamphetamine-fueled sexual encounter involving the three males.
Warren in 2019 pleaded guilty to first-degree murder as half of a plea settlement that referred to as for him to testify in opposition to Lathem in trade for receiving a 45-year jail sentence.
Warren, who was an Oxford University monetary officer on the time of the slaying, testified that he flew from England to Chicago to fulfill Lathem and participate in a pact to kill one another earlier than agreeing to kill Cornell-Duranleau at Lathem’s suggestion.
He testified that he did, in reality, stab Cornell-Duranleau, however solely after Lathem had already begun stabbing him.