Chatham murder case going to trial

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

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.