Two men wanted for Chicago murder taken into custody in California

  • Two men wanted for Chicago murder taken into custody in California

Two men wanted for Chicago murder taken into custody in California

They found 26-year-old cosmetologist Trenton Cornell-Duranleau stabbed to death. Lathem and Andrew Warren, a financial officer at Oxford University, turned themselves in to authorities in California separately on Friday after being on the run.

"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. While details of the gruesome case have been in the headlines for days, including a weird donation made in the victim's name at a Wisconsin library and a videotaped confession sent to friends, an attorney painted a different picture. "Please, I urge you to be patient, suspend your judgments, and let the facts come out in the courtroom as the Constitution intends". He arrived in the USA days before the killing.

Investigators said Prof. Lathem sent a video to friends and relatives apologizing for his involvement in the crime, which he called the "biggest mistake of my life".

Lathem was booked in the Alameda County Jail in Oakland, California, and Warren was booked into the San Francisco County Jail, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

Mr Wine said Lathem will plead not guilty to charges and plans to waive his right to an extradition hearing, which he said would put him back in Chicago within weeks.

Wine said Monday that his client drove to the Bay Area because that is where his close family and friends live.

Authorities have not disclosed a potential motive in the case.

Warren, 56, a British national, turned himself in to authorities in San Francisco, also on Friday.

Family members issued a statement asking for time to grieve before commenting further, saying they are "deeply saddened" by the loss. Having waived extradition, the state of IL now has 30 days to pick Lathem up in California and take him back to the state, Wine said.

Lathem's attorney, Kenneth Wine, said his client was charged for "murder and fleeing" in IL, but he has not been formally arraigned on those charges. Alameda County is assisting IL by beginning the process required for extradition. He arrived in the United States days before the murder, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Lathem is an associate professor of microbiology and immunology at Northwestern University's medical school, where he has worked for 10 years. His firing was effective Friday, according to university spokesman Alan Cubbage.

Lathem had been a faculty member since 2007.

Police have said that he and Lathem had a personal relationship but not elaborated.

Cornell-Duranleau, a MI native who received a cosmetology license, moved to Chicago a year ago. The July 27 attack was so violent the blade of the knife believed to have been used in the stabbing was broken, police said. When police found him he'd already been dead for at least 12 hours.