Chicago Victim Was Stabbed Until the Knife Broke

Cops feared that Northwestern professor would kill himself while on the lam
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 6, 2017 9:03 AM CDT

(Newser) – Far from their prestigious campuses, a Northwestern University professor and a University of Oxford finance officer were jailed in the San Francisco area on Saturday after eight days as fugitives in the death of a young hairdresser in Chicago who was repeatedly stabbed until the knife broke, police said. The Northwestern microbiologist, Wyndham Lathem, 42, was being held without bail in Alameda County and faced a Monday court appearance in Pleasanton. Lathem was under intensive observation Saturday in jail, Alameda County Sheriff's Sgt. Ray Kelly said. The other suspect, Andrew Warren, a treasury assistant at one of Oxford's residential colleges in England, was being held in San Francisco. Both men surrendered peacefully on Friday in the Bay Area. They had been fugitives since the body of 26-year-old Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau was found in Lathem's Chicago apartment July 27.

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Investigators haven't elaborated on how Cornell-Duranleau or Lathem knew Warren, reports the AP, or if Warren knew them before he arrived in the United States. Supervisory Deputy US Marshal Frank Conroy said Lathem stated that he would not answer questions on the advice of a lawyer. Investigators talked with Lathem's friends during the week, including people from his graduate and undergraduate days, along with his colleagues. "They knew the seriousness of the charges, the seriousness of the case and how important it was that he be brought into custody, not have to live a life on the run," Conroy said. "He knew that." Police said a video Lathem sent friends and relatives raised concern that he might kill himself. "We are also thankful both men are safely in custody and this did not end in further tragedy," a police statement said. (Read more murder stories.)

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