Sign outside of the court in Chatham, ON. Sept 25, 2017. (Photo by Paul Pedro)Sign outside of the court in Chatham, ON. Sept 25, 2017. (Photo by Paul Pedro)

Chatham murder case going to trial

A Chatham man accused of murder is going to trial.

Stephen Thompson, 42, will be up before a Superior Court judge in Chatham on Monday to set a date for his trial.

Thompson has opted for a trial with a jury and has waived a preliminary inquiry. A preliminary inquiry is a judicial hearing that is used in serious criminal cases to determine whether the evidence assembled by the Crown against an accused person is sufficient to proceed with a trial.

Thompson was charged with first degree murder in July of 2022 after a woman was found deceased inside a house in Chatham.

On July 5, 2022, Chatham-Kent police reported that officers went to check on the well being of a woman at a residence on Bedford Street in Chatham and found the 44-year-old woman dead.

The cause of death and the relationship between the suspect and the victim are both unknown.

A publication ban prevents more details about the case to be made public.

Thompson remains in custody at the Windsor jail.

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