A twisted Northwestern University professor accused of murdering his boyfriend in 2017 pulled a knife on a person he met on Grindr a yr earlier whereas asking if he may faux to stab him as that they had intercourse, in accordance with court docket testimony.
Jeremy Zaloun, testifying Thursday earlier than a Cook County decide within the first-degree homicide trial of former professor Wyndham Lathem, mentioned he denied the horrifying request by the famend microbiologist and advised him he wished to go away, the Chicago Tribune reported.
“He told me I would leave when he said I could,” the 46-year-old army vet advised jurors. “I watched him basically turn from Fred Flintstone to Freddy Krueger in about 30 seconds.”
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The January 2016 encounter occurred in Lathem’s high-rise condominium, Zaloun testified, and ended solely when he pulled his gun on the professor and ran out.
Zaloun later reported the incident in August 2017 as Lathem, 47, was named as a suspect within the stabbing dying of his boyfriend, Trenton Cornell-Duranleau, 26, whose physique was discovered stabbed greater than 70 instances in Lathem’s condominium on July 27, 2017, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Prosecutors allege Lathem killed the younger hairstylist from Michigan after getting into a dying pact with an Oxford University monetary officer, Andrew Warren, who flew to Chicago from England days earlier.
Once collectively in Chicago, Warren, had deliberate to shoot Lathem, who in flip, would stab the British man, prosecutors mentioned. But Warren, 61, who pleaded responsible to Cornell-Duranleau’s homicide in 2019, testified Wednesday that the professor opted to kill his boyfriend as a substitute, the Tribune reported.
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Warren was set to go on trial within the ugly slaying earlier than agreeing to testify in opposition to Lathem in change for a 45-year jail sentence. Prosecutors had beforehand mentioned the pair chatted on-line for months and plotted to kill Cornell-Duranleau earlier than taking their very own lives.
Lathem misplaced his Northwestern job after fleeing Chicago following the slaying, whereas Warren was suspended from his publish as a monetary officer at Somerville College, which is a part of the University of Oxford system.
The pair later turned themselves into authorities in California amid a nationwide manhunt that lasted eight days.
Attorneys for Lathem, in the meantime, insist Warren acted alone and stabbed Cornell-Duranleau in a jealous rage after catfishing the professor throughout their on-line romance.
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“[For] Andrew Warren, this was nothing more than a crime of opportunity that had two victims,” protection lawyer Kenneth Wine mentioned Monday on the primary day of Lathem’s trial.
Lathem is anticipated to testify subsequent week, the Tribune reported. His attorneys acknowledged throughout opening statements that he appreciated to interact in “knife play” throughout intercourse, in accordance with the Sun-Times.
Jurors additionally heard Thursday how Lathem was dejected after not getting a place on the Pasteur Institute — an internationally famend heart for biomedical analysis in Paris — after failing a background examine.
Days after his boyfriend’s slaying, Dr. Andrea Hall, who oversees lab security at Northwestern University, testified she acquired an electronic mail purportedly from Lathem promising he hadn’t finished something improper with the samples of bacterium he was finding out.
“I have put you in a terrible spot,” the e-mail learn, in accordance with the Tribune. “I am so sorry for everything that has happened and what is to come.”
Prosecutors have mentioned Lathem was so disheartened by the dropping the job in Paris that it led to suicidal impulses and the alleged dying pact with Warren. But Hall testified he appeared to get better and was well-respected at Northwestern, the Sun-Times reported.
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