Attorney for Northwestern professor Wyndham Lathem says he won't fight extradition

Attorney for Northwestern professor Wyndham Lathem says he won't fight extradition

Northwestern University officials say a professor accused in the stabbing death of a 26-year-old Chicago man has been fired.

Lathem and Warren spent more than one week on the run after allegedly killing 26-year-old Trenton Cornell-Duranleau, who was found stabbed to death at a Chicago apartment registered to Lathem on July 27. He has yet to make his first appearance; it's not clear why the Oxford University system employee was in Chicago at the time of the murder.

Lathem turned himself in at the Oakland federal building roughly the same time Warren turned himself in to police in San Francisco, authorities said.

While on the run, Lathem sent a video message to friends and family apologizing for his role in the murder, police said.

Lathem joined the Northwestern faculty in 2007 and researched bacteria that cause disease in humans, particularly lung infections, according to his university biography page, which has since been removed.

A deputy USA marshal involved in the surrender of a Northwestern University professor wanted in a Chicago homicide says he doesn't know why the fugitive came to the San Francisco Bay area but some of his friends are located there.

The murder case attracted wide attention because it involved two academics, but also because of some freaky developments that occurred after the suspects fled Chicago.

In a freakish twist, police said that on that same day, before the body had been discovered, Lathem and Warren drove about 80 miles (128 kilometers) northwest of Chicago to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, where one of them made a $1,000 cash donation to the local public library in Cornell-Duranleau's name.

Attorney Barry Sheppard says he expects Lathem to waive extradition.

Guglielmi also said the two suspects donated $1,000 in the victim's name to the public library in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

"Both individuals will be held accountable for their actions, and we hope today's arrest brings some small level of closure and justice for the victim's family", Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.

Conroy says he doesn't know details of Warren's surrender because Lathem was the "primary target". He has led a law abiding life, voluntarily surrendered to authorities, and has roots in the Chicago community. A second suspect, University of Oxford finance officer Andrew Warren, surrendered separately also in the Bay Area. 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. "Since the beginning of this case, the defense has received dozens of calls and letters in support of Dr. Lathem, from friends and colleagues who have known him for decades", Wine said in a statement.

He intends to plead not guilty and request bail once he is moved back to his home state within two weeks, according to Kenneth Wine, Lathem's attorney in Alameda County. He reportedly called it "the biggest mistake of my life". "They all describe him in the same way - a kind, intelligent and gentle soul, and a loyal and trusted friend".

Warren, a resident at Somerville College, a part of the Oxford University Network, remained in custody in a San Francisco jail.



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