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Oxford University employee accused over United States stab death arrives in Chicago

22 August 2017

An Oxford University employee has been charged with murdering a 26-year-old in Chicago.

Andrew Warren, 56, and U.S. academic Wyndham Lathem, 42, face murder charges over the savage killing of Trenton Cornell-Duranleau, who was was found with more than 70 stab wounds.

According to police and autopsy reports, Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau, 26, a MI native, was stabbed some 70 times and with such brutality that he almost was decapitated.

Cornell-Duranleau, a 26-year-old hair stylist, had been asleep in Lathem's condo when the professor let Warren in, according to Toller's account.

Originally, they had planned for Warren to shoot Lathem while Lathem stabbed Warren, prosecutors claim.

Microbiologist Lathem, who has since been sacked by Northwestern University, plans to plead not guilty, according to his lawyer.

"It's possible there could be a bond hearing tomorrow", Sheppard said. Three days before the murder, Warren arrived from England and Lathem picked him up at O'Hare airport. Cornell-Duranleau awoke, screaming and fighting back, the prosecutor said, so Warren ran over.

She also said Lathem recorded video messages of himself, in which he admitted to the killings.

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Police said there was also a two-year-old home at the time who was uninjured. Police did not release a motive for the killing on Saturday morning.

Cornell-Duranleau was stabbed 70 times, and with such force that his head was almost decapitated.

Ms Toller said that the victim's last words were: "Wyndham, what are you doing?"

Chicago police escorted fired Northwestern University professor Wyndham Lathem and Oxford University financial officer Andrew Warren from Northern California, where they surrendered on August 4 after an eight-day, nationwide manhunt.

Both men then leaned over Cornell-Duranleau and stabbed him again and again, prosecutors said.

While on the lam, Lathem reportedly made a video to friends and colleagues where he apologized for his involvement in the murder and "elaborated that he is not the person people thought he was", prosecutors said. "It was a little more dark and disturbing, as far as I'm concerned".

"The victim's body had been stabbed several the point of mutilation", Guglielmi said. He said officials learned the pair had friends and family in California, and negotiated a deal for the duo to turn themselves in through those friends and an attorney.

Cornell-Duranleau was found lying against a bedroom door of Lathem's 10th-floor apartment, according to police and an autopsy report.

The charges came after a post-mortem examination found the victim had methamphetamines in his system.

Oxford University employee accused over United States stab death arrives in Chicago