Suspects in hair stylist stabbing brought back to Chicago

Javier Howell
August 21, 2017

Two employees of elite universities charged in the fatal stabbing of a 26-year-old hair stylist have been returned to Chicago to face charges of first-degree murder in the brutal killing.

Wyndham Lathem, 43, and Andrew Warren, 56, were held without bond after prosecutors detailed the gruesome allegations against them during their first Cook County court appearance since allegedly fleeing the city.

He said Lathem and Warren had met on the internet and the professor collected the Briton at Chicago's O'Hare airport days before the body was found in a "horrific scene" on July 27.

Lathem, a microbiologist at Northwestern University since 2007 was not teaching at the time of the attack.

After leaving the apartment and renting a vehicle, Lathem on the same day left an anonymous $5,610 donation - in cash - at the Howard Brown Health Center in Chicago in the name 'Cornell-Duranleau.' They then drove to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, and, 13 hours after the first payment, Lathem went to its public library and wrote a $1,000 check as a donation also in the victim's name, the prosecutor said.

Lathem and Warren, 56, surrendered peacefully to police in northern California on August 4 after an eight-day, nationwide manhunt. She said he is "presumed innocent", but declined to comment further.

Police said the attack was so violent the blade of the knife they believe was used was broken.

After the killing, U.S. marshals tracked the men from Chicago to Wisconsin to California before negotiating their surrenders through an attorney, U.S. Marshal Donal McCarthy said.

Toller said Lathem and Warren had talked in detail beforehand about how they would kill themselves.

"It's possible there could be a bond hearing tomorrow", Sheppard said.

Lathem, who has been a faculty member at Northwestern's microbiology-immunology department for 10 years, has been banned from entering the school, according to Alan Cubbage, Northwestern University vice president for university relations.

The Cook County medical examiner's office released the findings in Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau's death on Friday.

Lathem's attorney, Kenneth Wine, said earlier this month that the alleged crime is "totally contrary to the way (Lathem) has lived his entire life" and urged the ex-professor's supporters to "be patient". Corenell's body was soon discovered with multiple stab wounds.

Toller said Lathem, while on the run, sent a video message to his parents and friends, admitting to the killing and telling them "he is not the person people thought he was". When asked whether he wanted the British Consulate notified, he said "no".

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