Wednesday 20 November 2019

Oxford University employee expected to enter plea over Chicago stab death

File photo of Andrew Warren arriving at a police station in Chicago (AP)
File photo of Andrew Warren arriving at a police station in Chicago (AP)

An Oxford University employee is expected to enter a not guilty plea over the July stabbing death of a hairstylist in Chicago.

Andrew Warren, 56, is scheduled to appear in court in Chicago later on Thursday for an arraignment alongside his fellow accused, ex-Northwestern University professor Wyndham Lathem.

A judge formally reads the charges and defendants generally plead not guilty at an arraignment.

Lathem, 46, and Warren are charged with first-degree murder over the death of 26-year-old Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau.

Mr Cornell-Duranleau, Lathem's boyfriend, was in bed in Lathem's Chicago apartment when the men allegedly stabbed him dozens of times as part of what prosecutors say was an apparent sexual fantasy.

The two men surrendered to authorities days later in California.

An earlier court hearing was told the victim was stabbed 70 times at Lathem's Chicago apartment and with such brutality that he was nearly decapitated.

His throat was slit and pulmonary artery torn, the court heard.


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