Northwestern professor, Oxford staffer arrested in California for Chicago murder

Northwestern professor, Oxford staffer arrested in California for Chicago murder

Northwestern professor, Oxford staffer arrested in California for Chicago murder

A Northwestern University Professor and an Oxford employee, both wanted for murder, were taken into custody in Oakland, California Friday evening.

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

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

Both men are scheduled to appear in court in California, where authorities will seek to have them transferred to Chicago.

The men have been accused of brutally stabbing the 26-year-old, Trenton Cornell-Duranleau to death in Lathem's apartment on Thursday the 27th of July.

Chicago authoritites have revealed on August 4 that a video has surfaced in which Lathem reportedly apologized to friends and family for his alleged involvement in Cornell-Duranleau's death. Arrest warrants for Warren and Lathem were issued Monday.

Following the interrogations, we will have a press briefing outlining our case against them.

Both are expected to be arraigned on first-degree murder charges and extradited to Illinois, CBS News reported.

Officers were dispatched to the scene after an employee at the front desk in Lathem's apartment building called police to report receiving an anonymous call that a crime had been committed in Lathem's apartment.

Mr. Lathem and Cornell-Duranleau were involved in a relationship at one point and had "some type of falling out", the police spokesman told the Chicago Tribune.

"I've never seen where suspects in a homicide would make a donation in the victim's name", said Lt. Edward Gritzner.

It comes just hours after police said the murder suspects had made a donation to a library in the victim's name in a neighbouring state. Police also said that Lathem and Warren, who had been reported missing by his family in Britain three days before the killing, drove to Lake Geneva, Wis., soon after the killing and donated $1,000 to the public library in Cornell-Duranleau's name.

Related news