Oxford University murder suspect arrrested in the US

Geneva Matthews
August 6, 2017

A Northwestern University professor and a University of Oxford employee wanted in the slaying of a 26-year-old hairdresser were arrested Friday in Northern California, police said. Chicago police described Lathem and Warren as armed and risky, although authorities said that they surrendered without incident in California.

Somerville College senior treasury assistant Andrew Warren, 56, and Professor Wyndham Lathem, 42, were taken into custody after handing themselves in last night.

Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Frank Conroy said Saturday that fast-paced surrender negotiations through an attorney began late Friday afternoon and that by evening, Wyndham Lathem arrived by auto at the courthouse.

The Chicago Tribune reported Friday afternoon that Lathem sent a video to family members and friends in which he apologized for "his involvement" in the killing.

Both men - taken into custody without incident - will appear before an Oakland court and are now awaiting extradition to IL, where they will be questioned by Chicago homicide detectives.

"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. "Both men were seen on surveillance video at the building, police said". Lathem and Warren had left the scene about 15 hours earlier, authorities said. Warren's connection to the situation is unclear.

It was around 8:30 in the evening on July 27, when Chicago police said they found they found Cornell-Duranleau's body with "several lacerations" after responding to a call requesting a well-being check.

They apparently stopped in Wisconsin to make a $1,000 donation to the public library in the town of Lake Geneva in the victim's name.

Officers arrived to find Cornell-Duranleau dead.

A manhunt had been underway since shortly after the body of Cornell-Duranleau was found riddled with stab wounds on July 27.

Lake Geneva police say a person handed the sum in cash to a library employee, but detectives admit they do not know why.

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