Chicago professor to appear in California
court on murder charge
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[August 07, 2017]
(Reuters) - A university professor
charged with stabbing a Chicago man to death in July will be arraigned
in a California court on Monday, three days after he surrendered to
authorities, ending a weeklong manhunt.
The murder, whose motive has not been disclosed, attracted international
attention as police searched for the main suspect, who they said
apologized in a video and may have made a mysterious donation to a
library in the victim's name.
Wyndham Lathem, an associate professor of microbiology and immunology at
Chicago's Northwestern University, will appear in Alameda County
Superior Court in Dublin, California, on Monday morning, according to
He and Andrew Warren, an employee of Oxford University in Britain, were
arrested on Friday for the July 27 fatal stabbing of Trenton Cornell
Duranleau. Chicago authorities have described the crime as domestic in
nature but have not offered a motive.
Warren, a senior treasury assistant at Oxford's Somerville College, is
being held in a San Francisco jail.
Records there did not list an upcoming court date, but a San Francisco
Sheriff's Department official said Warren would probably be arraigned on
Monday in the city's Superior Court. It was not clear if he had a
Adam Sheppard, one of Lathem's lawyers, said his client would waive
extradition and agree to return to Chicago to face charges there.
"We're encouraging everybody not to have a rush to judgment on this
case," he said, although he declined to comment on the specific
allegations. He said Lathem had received a flood of letters of support
from colleagues, friends and family.
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A wanted poster distributed by the Chicago Police Department shows
suspects Wyndham Lathem, 42, an associate professor of microbiology
and immunology, and Andrew Warren, 56, a financial employee at
Britain's Oxford University, in this image released in Chicago,
Illinois, U.S. on August 3, 2017. Courtesy Chicago Police
Department/Handout via REUTERS
Lathem, 42, sent family and friends a video apologizing for the
crime, according to police. He surrendered in Oakland on Friday
after his family and a lawyer helped negotiate with authorities,
while Warren was taken into custody in San Francisco.
Duranleau, 26, was found dead in Lathem's Chicago apartment with
stab wounds to his back, and investigators discovered one knife with
a broken blade in the kitchen trash can and another near the sink,
the Tribune reported, citing unnamed law enforcement sources.
The case had previously taken investigators to the Wisconsin resort
community of Lake Geneva, where a man who police believe may have
been Lathem made a $1,000 donation to a local library in Duranleau's
(Reporting by Joseph Ax; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)
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