Bri­ton held in Chicago homi­cide mys­tery

Days into his first visit to the U.S., he and a pro­fes­sor are charged in bru­tal knife at­tack.

Los Angeles Times - - THE NATION - By Kather­ine Rosen­berg-Dou­glas Rosen­berg-Dou­glas writes for the Chicago Tri­bune.

CHICAGO — The Face­book photo shows An­drew War­ren at the helm of a tall ship, his hand grip­ping the wheel as he smiles into the cam­era.

“Cap­tain Jack Spar­row,” the Bri­ton’s sis­ter posts, followed by three laugh­ing emo­jis. “I was think­ing more on the lines of Cap­tain Pug­wash,” a friend re­joins, re­fer­ring to a Bri­tish comic strip from the 1950s. The sis­ter re­sponds with two more laugh­ing faces.

The ex­change took place July 15. Nine days later, War­ren would leave Eng­land for his first trip to the United States, ap­par­ently with­out telling his friends or fam­ily. The next time they would hear about him was when War­ren was charged with a bru­tal stab­bing death in Chicago late last month.

It would be an­other week be­fore War­ren would sur­ren­der in the Bay Area with the other sus­pect in the slay­ing, now-fired North­west­ern Univer­sity pro­fes­sor Wyn­d­ham Lathem.

On Fri­day morn­ing, War­ren ap­peared in a San Fran­cisco court­room on an ar­rest war­rant charg­ing him with first-de­gree murder. He was ex­pected to waive his ex­tra­di­tion rights and agree to re­turn to Chicago, where he is ac­cused of killing Tren­ton Cor­nell-Du­ran­leau, 26, in Lathem’s apart­ment July 27.

Po­lice have said lit­tle about the case, and War­ren re­mains as much of a puz­zle as the crime he is ac­cused of com­mit­ting.

Known as a re­served em­ployee at Ox­ford Univer­sity in Eng­land, he lived qui­etly with his sis­ter and his boyfriend in the town of Far­ing­don, in the house where he grew up. Neigh­bors said he was a “quiet lad” who al­ways helped out. They remembered him ac­com­pa­ny­ing his mother to bingo.

War­ren was still mourn­ing the death of his fa­ther eight months ago when he de­cided to travel to the U.S. on July 24, friends said. He left so un­ex­pect­edly that loved ones filed a miss­ing­per­sons re­port.

Three days af­ter War­ren’s plane landed, po­lice found Cor­nell-Du­ran­leau’s body stabbed and slashed in Lathem’s 10th-floor apart­ment, au­thor­i­ties said. Two bloody knives were found in the kitchen, one with a bro­ken blade.

Ar­rest war­rants were is­sued for War­ren and Lathem charg­ing them with first-de­gree murder. The two sur­ren­dered eight days later, War­ren near the Golden Gate Bridge and Lathem across the bay in Oak­land.

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