Professor, Oxford employee arrested in California over IL stabbing

  • Professor, Oxford employee arrested in California over IL stabbing

Professor, Oxford employee arrested in California over IL stabbing

Northwestern microbiologist Wyndham Lathem and Oxford University employee Andrew Warren surrendered Friday to authorities in the San Franciso area.

The video is the latest twist in the freaky slaying of Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau, 26, whose body was found stabbed several times inside Lathem's Chicago apartment on July 27.

"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.

Force spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said: "Once we got word that Dr Lathem had sent that video to friends and family we began getting concerned that perhaps he would harm himself or this could end up more tragically for both of them, so we are relieved that both of them are safe".

"I hope that the public doesn't engage in a rush to judgment against Mr. Lathem", Sheppard said.

Cornell-Duranleau's mother, Charlotte Cornell, didn't immediately reply to an email requesting comment on the arrests.

Lathem, an associate microbiology professor at Northwestern, was booked into the Alameda County jail.

Lathem and Warren probably took two or three days to travel from Chicago to California, with the manhunt not far behind. It's also unclear what they did over the course of the last week, but as the AP reports, Lathem sent a video to family and friends apparently admitting to the stabbing and calling it "the biggest mistake of my life". Authorities also have been alerted in England, where Warren was a resident at Somerville College, a part of the Oxford University Network. He and Lathem were seen in surveillance video leaving Lathem's high-rise apartment building the day of the stabbing. Both are expected to appear in court on Monday morning, and they are likely going to be extradited back to Chicago in the coming days to face the investigation there.

The pair had been named as suspects in the attack that was so brutal the blade of the knife used in the murder had broken off, police said.

Authorities haven't disclosed a possible motive for the killing.

Police said Lathem had a relationship with Cornell-Duranleau, who moved to Chicago from the Grand Rapids, Michigan, area after receiving his cosmetology license.

In a weird twist, police said that on the day of the slaying, but before the body had been discovered, Lathem and Warren drove about 128km to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, where one of them made a $US1000 ($A1260) cash donation to the public library there in Cornell-Duranleau's name.

Another mystery is a $1,000 donation to a library in the neighbouring state of Wisconsin made after the attack in the victim's name, according to the newspaper.

Chicago police had earlier identified the victim as Trenton Cornell, but have since said his full name was Trenton Cornell Duranleau.

Over the years, he taught medical students or graduate students, though he was not teaching at the time of the crime, said officials with Northwestern, which has campuses in Chicago and suburban Evanston. He had already been dead for at least 12 hours.