Univer­sity pro­fes­sor, Ox­ford em­ployee ar­rested in mur­der

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

CHICAGO: A North­west­ern Univer­sity pro­fes­sor and a Univer­sity of Ox­ford em­ployee wanted in the bru­tal stab­bing death of a Chicago man sur­ren­dered peace­fully in Cal­i­for­nia and will be re­turned to Chicago for in­ter­ro­ga­tion, fed­eral and lo­cal au­thor­i­ties said. Wyn­d­ham Lathem, 42, gave him­self up late Fri­day at the Oak­land fed­eral build­ing and An­drew War­ren, 56, sur­ren­dered at about the same time to the San Fran­cisco Po­lice Depart­ment, ac­cord­ing to Michael McCloud, fugi­tive task­force com­man­der with the US Mar­shals Ser­vice.

McCloud said the sur­ren­der of the two sus­pects was “ne­go­ti­ated,” although he de­clined to say how that hap­pened. “We were not in con­tact with them di­rectly,” dur­ing the ne­go­ti­a­tions, he said. Lathem, an as­so­ciate mi­cro­bi­ol­ogy pro­fes­sor at North­west­ern, was booked into the Alameda County jail. War­ren, a Somerville Col­lege res­i­dent at Ox­ford Univer­sity in Eng­land, was taken to the San Fran­cisco County Jail. They will ap­pear sep­a­rately in court be­fore be­ing ex­tra­dited to Illi­nois. It was not im­me­di­ately clear when that would hap­pen.

‘Big­gest mis­take of my life’

A man­hunt had been un­der­way since shortly af­ter the body of 26-year-old Tren­ton James Cor­nell-Du­ran­leau was found rid­dled with stab wounds on July 27 in Lathem’s Chicago apart­ment. “Both in­di­vid­u­als will be held ac­count­able for their ac­tions and we hope to­day’s ar­rest brings some com­fort for the vic­tim’s fam­ily,” a Chicago po­lice state­ment said. Po­lice said Lathem had sent a video to friends and rel­a­tives apol­o­giz­ing for his in­volve­ment in the crime, which he called the “big­gest mis­take of my life.” The video raised con­cern among in­ves­ti­ga­tors that Lathem might kill him­self.

“We are also thank­ful both men are safely in cus­tody and this did not end in fur­ther tragedy,” the po­lice state­ment said. War­ren ar­rived in the United States three days be­fore Cor­nell-Du­ran­leau’s death and was seen in surveil­lance video leav­ing the build­ing with Lathem the day of the stab­bing. McCloud said the US Mar­shals Ser­vice learned on Wed­nes­day that the two men might be in the San Fran­cisco Bay area. At around noon on Fri­day, he said they re­ceived fur­ther in­for­ma­tion that the two were still in the area. The sus­pects both sur­ren­dered at about 7:30 p.m. lo­cal time, he said.

Po­lice said Lathem had a per­sonal re­la­tion­ship with Cor­nell-Du­ran­leau, who moved to Chicago from the Grand Rapids, Michi­gan, area af­ter re­ceiv­ing his cos­me­tol­ogy li­cense. They are not sure how Cor­nell-Du­ran­leau or Lathem knew War­ren, or if War­ren knew them be­fore he ar­rived in the United States.

In a bizarre twist, po­lice said that on the day of the slay­ing, but be­fore the body had been dis­cov­ered, Lathem and War­ren drove about 80 miles north­west to Lake Geneva, Wis­con­sin, where one of them made a $1,000 cash do­na­tion to the pub­lic li­brary therein Cor­nell Du ran le au’ s name. Lake Geneva po­lice said the man mak­ing the do­na­tion did not give his name. “I’ve never seen where sus­pects in a homi­cide would make a do­na­tion in the vic­tim’s name,” said Lake Geneva po­lice Lt Ed­ward Gritzner.

On the night of the slay­ing, po­lice said the front desk of the high-rise build­ing where Lathem lived in Chicago’s trendy River North neigh­bor­hood re­ceived an anony­mous call from a per­son who said that a crime had been com­mit­ted in Lathem’s 10th floor apart­ment. When po­lice opened the door they found Cor­nell-Du­ran­leau’s body. He had been stabbed sev­eral times in an at­tack so bru­tal that po­lice said the knife broke. Po­lice also said that by the time they found the body on the night of July 27, Cor­nell-Du­ran­leau had been dead for 12-15 hours.

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