Northwestern professor suspected in slaying sent apologetic video: Police


Posted on: August 4th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(EVANSTON, Ill.) — A Northwestern University professor accused in the fatal stabbing of a man found in the professor’s Chicago apartment allegedly sent an apologetic video message to family and friends, authorities said.

The professor and a second suspect are at large and police are urging them to surrender.

Here’s what we know about the case:

The crime

On July 27 around 8:30 p.m. local time, officers responded to a call at an apartment registered to Wyndham Lathem, an associate professor at Northwestern, Chicago police said.

There, officers found a man with several lacerations to his body, police said. The victim died at the scene.

A spokesperson for the Chicago Police Department told ABC News that authorities believe Lathem “and the victim had a relationship.”

The suspects

Police have identified Lathem, 42, as well as Andrew Warren, 56, an Oxford employee, as suspects in the killing.

Lathem, who has been a faculty member at Northwestern’s microbiology-immunology department for 10 years, has been banned from entering the school, Alan Cubbage, Northwestern University vice president for university relations, said in a statement Wednesday.

“There is no indication of any risk to the Northwestern community from this individual at this time,” Cubbage added.

According to police, Lathem sent a video message to various friends and family members apologizing for his alleged involvement in the killing.

Lathem described the killing as the biggest mistake of his life, according to Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi, but police will not release the video, as it is evidence in an ongoing investigation.

Guglielmi told ABC News Friday the two suspects donated $1,000 in the victim’s name to the public library in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

Warren’s city of residence is listed as Oxford on his arrest warrant.

The manhunt

Guglielmi said in an email Thursday that the men are at-large but “we have an idea of their whereabouts.”

“Efforts to locate them are only intensifying from here on in,” Guglielmi said.

He said that once police had “suspicions that the professor and his associate may have fled the Chicago area,” several federal agencies were brought in to investigate and a national alert was sent to police departments across the country advising that murder warrants were issued for both men.

“Our primary focus is to facilitate a safe surrender and we strongly encourage Professor Lathem and Mr. Warren to do the right thing and turn themselves into any police department in the U.S. or contact CPD [the Chicago Police Department] and we will make any necessary accommodations,” Guglielmi said.

Lathem’s passport and Warren’s travel visa have been restricted, Guglielmi said.

The victim

Family members of Trenton Cornell-Duranleau, 26, confirmed in a statement Friday that he was killed in the apartment. Arrest warrants for the suspects identified the victim as Trenton Cornell.

The Cornell-Duranleau family said, “Our Family is deeply saddened by the death of our son. It is our hope that the person or persons responsible for his death are brought to justice.”

The family requested privacy as they “process and grieve.”

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