32 letters filed in support of prof charged in Chicago death

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CHICAGO (AP) -- More than 30 colleagues and friends of a former Northwestern University professor charged in the stabbing death of a 26-year-old man have written letters to a court in support of him.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that 32 letters were submitted by Wyndham Lathem's attorney in hopes of persuading a Cook County judge to allow Lathem to post bond for his release from jail. But the judge said the information in the letters had nothing to do with the first-degree murder charges against Lathem and Oxford University employee Andrew Warren.

Lathem and Warren are suspected of stabbing Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau last month as part of a sexual fantasy that the two hatched in an online chatroom. The two surrendered in California days after Cornell-Duranleau's body was found in Latthem's Chicago home.