University staffers brutally killed Chicago man as part of 'twisted sexual fantasy'

University staffers brutally killed Chicago man as part of 'twisted sexual fantasy'

University staffers brutally killed Chicago man as part of 'twisted sexual fantasy'

This appearance comes just one day after the men were ordered held without bond in the "gruesome" stabbing death of a 26-year-old hairdresser that prosecutors said was plotted in an online chat room.

In all, Lathem stabbed Cornell-Duranleau 70 times.

Cook County prosecutors on Sunday said that Lathem, 43, and with Andrew Warren, 56, killed 26-year-old Trenton Cornell-Duranleau last month to fulfill a freaky sexual fantasy.

An Illinois prosecutor shared disturbing new details about the July 27 slaying, describing to the court Sunday how Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau, the 26-year-old boyfriend of since-fired microbiology professor Wyndham Lathem, was stabbed 70 times at Lathem's Chicago condo and with such brutality that he was almost decapitated.

Authorities said the suspects committed the crime as part of a sexual fantasy of "killing others and then themselves", alleging that the men ultimately planned to kill one another - with Warren shooting Lathem as he stabbed him - after committing several murders. They also planned to kill a victim of Warren's choosing before simultaneously killing each other.

Lathem, a microbiologist whos been on Northwesterns faculty since 2007 but was not teaching at the time of the attack, was terminated by the university for fleeing from police when there was an arrest warrant out for him.

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But on Sunday, as the two university workers stood before an IL judge for the first time, prosecutors laid out a plot still darker and more gruesome. On July 26, one day before the killing, Lathem booked a room for Warren near the condo, Toller said.

Cornell-Duranleau's body was discovered at Lathem's apartment on July 27 after an anonymous call was placed to the building's doorman. As Warren stood in a doorway, Lathem crept up to Cornell-Duranleau and began plunging a 6-inch drywall saw knife into his chest and neck, Toller said.

Following the attack, Lathem and Warren showered before leaving the apartment around an hour after the stabbing began, the prosecutor said.

Cornell-Duranleau woke up, Toller said, and started screaming and fighting back.

Warren ran over to cover the victim's mouth, then struck him in the head with a heavy lamp in an attempt to silence him, Toller said.

"Defendant Warren told the police that the victim had no idea what was coming", Toller said Sunday, according to the Chicago-Tribune. The pair hatched a plan in which they would lure Cornell-Duranleau, Lathem's boyfriend, to his apartment and kill him. The man bit Warren, Toller said. Cornell-Duranleau asked Lathem, according to prosecutors.

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Instead, the men cleaned themselves up and fled the condo, renting a vehicle together before beginning their apparent cross-country getaway road trip, prosecutors alleged. They turned themselves in to authorities in California eight days after the killing.

When the victim's body was moved, he appeared to have been almost decapitated, prosecutors said, and he had sustained multiple wounds that would have been mortal in and of themselves. Cornell-Duranleau's lungs were also both punctured, and there were wounds to his colon, spleen and liver. But Cornell-Duranleau fought back, which neighbors reportedly heard, and Warren went to the kitchen to get another knife to help carry out the stabbing. Brendan Deenihan said at a press conference Sunday. He said his client had led "a life of unblemished ... citizenship", which included academic work on the bubonic-plague virus.

Assistant Public Defender Kate Moriarty, who represents Warren, requested that he be evaluated at the jail's hospital for unspecified medical reasons.

The judge set a Tuesday hearing for the men, when another judge will be assigned to oversee the criminal case.

Both men surrendered in California nine days after the slaying.

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