Professor and British man wanted in murder detained

Katrina Barker
August 6, 2017

Wyndham Lathem and Andrew Warren have both been arrested in California.

Lathem, an associate microbiology professor at Northwestern, surrendered at the federal courthouse in Oakland, U.S. Marshals Service supervisory inspector Ed Farrell said.

Somerville College senior treasury assistant Andrew Warren, 56, and Professor Wyndham Lathem, 42, were taken into custody after handing themselves in last night.

"The U.S. Marshals in Oakland have been working throughout the week with the U.S. Marshals Service Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force and the Chicago Police Department", said the U.S. Marshals Service in a statement.

The two men were wanted in connection with the fatal stabbing of Trenton Cornell-Duranleau, who police believe was killed July 27 at Lathem's apartment in Chicago.

Authorities revealed Friday that Lathem had sent a video message to friends and family members apologizing for the crime.

Both men - taken into custody without incident - will appear before an Oakland court and are now awaiting extradition to IL, where they will be questioned by Chicago homicide detectives.

The deputy marshal said Lathem had never been arrested before and that people in that situation usually panic and make decisions they normally wouldn't make.

"We were not in contact with them directly", during the negotiations, he said.

Warren had arrived in the United States three days before the death of Cornell-Duranleau and was seen in surveillance video leaving the building with Lathem the day of the stabbing.

Lathem's passport and Warren's travel visa have been restricted, Guglielmi said. About noon Friday, he said they received further information that they were still in the area. When police opened the door they found Cornell-Duranleau's body.

The Tribune also reported that one of the men wanted for the murder, shortly before the body was found, went to a library in Lake Geneva, Wis. and made a donation of $1,000 cash in the name of Cornell-Duranleau, asking that the donor remain anonymous.

The pair had been named as suspects in the attack that was so brutal the blade of the knife used in the murder had broken off, police said.

Police said Cornell-Duranleau had been dead for several hours when they found him.

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