Former NU professor, Oxford employee charged with murder in River North stabbing

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CHICAGO -- A former Northwestern University professor and an Oxford University employee  have officially been charged with 1st degree murder by Chicago police in the stabbing of James Cornell- Duranleau.

Wyndham Lathem, 42, and Andrew Warren, 56, arrived in Chicago late Friday night to face murder charges in the death of 26-year-old Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau, a Chicago hairstylist.

The two men were flown in from California overnight, and are now at 51st and Wentworth—Area Central for the Chicago Police Department.

Detectives are interrogating the two and both Lathem and Warren will eventually have a court appearance where they will answer to first-degree murder charges.

The two were on the run for eight days— making a 2,100-mile journey across country before turning themselves into police and U.S. Marshals earlier this month in California’s Bay Area.

Warren, the Oxford University employee and U.K. resident, was the first to arrive to the police station just minutes before midnight.

He arrived in an unmarked police car and detectives escorted him inside the station as he was cuffed in the front of his body. He briefly glanced at news cameras as he made his way inside, wearing a white t-shirt and glasses hanging off his shirt.

About an hour later, fired Northwestern University microbiology professor, Lathem, arrived in a separate car, and was walked into the district by detectives. Lathem avoided looking at the camera. He wore his glasses, and the same plaid shirt he was photographed in for his mugshot, two weeks ago in California.

According to an autopsy, Cornell-Duranleau was stabbed nearly 50 times and was found in Lathem’s River North apartment July 27.

Police said Lathem and Cornell-Duranleau had a relationship and something went south in that relationship, just prior to Cornell-Duranleau’s death.

After turning themselves in, in California two weeks ago, both Lathem and Warren waived extradition for their return to Chicago.

After police finish questioning these two men, detectives are expected to hold a news conference to announced their first Cook County court appearance.

That news conference not expected until either Sunday or Monday.

Authorities said the attack on Cornell-Duranleau, a Michigan native who moved to Chicago last year, was so brutal that the blade of the knife investigators believe was used in the stabbing was broken. When police found him, he had already been dead for at least 12 hours.

The Chicago Tribune reports Cornell-Duranleau had meth in his system. A toxicology examination also found amphetamine, a mood-altering drug sometimes used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, the Tribune said. There was also a limited amount of alcohol in his system.