Police Detail Attack on Man Killed in Professor's Apartment

Trenton Cornell-Duranleau stabbed more than 40 times, they say
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 11, 2017 11:34 AM CDT
Man Found Dead in Professor's Apartment Stabbed 40 Times
This undated photo released by the Alameda County, Calif., Sheriff's Office shows Wyndham Lathem, an associate professor of microbiology at Northwestern University.   (Uncredited)

(Newser) – A hair stylist suffered more than 40 stab wounds to his upper body in a fatal attack last month in the high-rise Chicago condo of a Northwestern professor, police said Friday. Former professor Wyndham Lathem and Oxford University financial officer Andrew Warren face Chicago arrest warrants accusing them of murder in the July 27 fatal stabbing of 26-year-old Trenton Cornell-Duranleau. Cornell-Duranleau suffered "lacerations and mutilations to his body, his upper body, but not to the point of decapitation," police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. He described the attack as "certainly very intense," reports the AP.

Authorities have said the attack on Cornell-Duranleau, a Michigan native who moved to Chicago last year, was so brutal that the blade of the knife that investigators believe was used in the stabbing was broken. When police found him, he had already been dead for at least 12 hours. "We've been looking a great deal, not only at the relationship between Dr. Lathem and the victim, but also the connection between all three," he said. Guglielmi said Chicago police are investigating the backgrounds of all the men but won't be releasing details until they have questioned Lathem and Warren, who separately surrendered to California authorities last week. (Read more murder stories.)

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