Published: Tue, August 08, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

University professor, Oxford employee arrested in Chicago murder

University professor, Oxford employee arrested in Chicago murder

Lathem and Cornell Duranleau knew each other and had "some type of falling out", Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told the Tribune.

Two academics, one attached to a U.S. university and the other to Oxford University, who went on the run for eight days after a fatal stabbing in Chicago have surrendered to police in California.

Investigators say Lathem had a personal relationship with the victim, though details haven't been disclosed.

Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Frank Conroy told The Associated Press the telephone negotiations began late Friday afternoon and by evening, Lathem arrived by vehicle at the courthouse. They are not sure how Cornell-Duranleau or Lathem knew Warren, or if Warren knew them before he arrived in the United States.

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.

Lathem, 42, will have a hearing at 9 a.m. Monday at the the Alameda County Courthouse in Pleasanton, California, according to the Alameda County sheriff's office.

Lathem, an associate professor of microbiology and immunology, sent family and friends a video in which he apologized for his involvement in the slaying, police said on Friday.

"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.

Conroy said he believed some of the friends were in contact with Lathem while he was a fugitive, and that the attorney probably became involved through a recommendation. There was then concern that Lathem may try to take his own life, and he is now "under intensive observation" at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, according to Sgt. Chicago police have said he's 56 years old, while California authorities booked him into jail at 49 years old.

Caturay added that, after Warren was in custody, he was questioned by San Francisco Police Department homicide detectives. Lake Geneva authorities said the man making the donation didn't give his name.

In a freaky 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.

Conroy did not provide details of the negotiations, and he withheld the identity of the lawyer pending Lathem's court appearance Monday. They have said they are still trying to determine how Cornell-Duranleau or Lathem knew Warren, or if Warren knew them before he flew to the United States for the first time ever three days before the slaying.

Guglielmi has said that police got a call the Grand Plaza building manager who had received a cryptic tip that something had occurred in apartment 1008, and police found Cornell-Duranleau dead.

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

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