NU Professor, Oxford Staffer Charged With 1st Degree Murder

Suspects in River North high rise murder return to Chicago

An Oxford University employee and a U.S. professor have been charged in Chicago with murdering a 26-year-old hair stylist found with more than 40 stab wounds.

An Illinois state prosecutor told an initial court hearing Sunday in Chicago that the plan was to kill someone and then for the two men to kill themselves.

Cornell-Duranleau, a hairstylist and MI native who moved to Chicago about a year ago, was found dead on July 27 inside Lathem's condo in the city's River North neighborhood, according to police.

Investigators say Lathem had a personal relationship with Mr Cornell-Duranleau.

The two men turned themselves in to police on August 4, following a two-week manhunt that began after the body of Trenton Cornell-Duranleau was discovered in Lathem's River North apartment.

Warren and Lathem have been charged with first degree murder. Warren has been suspended from Oxford University.

Northwestern fired Lathem after he fled from police.

Toller said Lathem then yelled at Warren, who was standing in a nearby doorway, and asked him for help.

Area Central Cmdr. Brendan Deenihan said Sunday police believe Lathem himself made the phone call.

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As Cornell-Duranleau bled to death in the bedroom, Lathem and Warren showered and cleaned up the murder scene, prosecutors said. He had been been stabbed 47 times in his back, chest, shoulder and abdomen.

Autopsy results show a Chicago man who was slain in the apartment of a Northwestern University professor last month had methamphetamine in his system at the time.

They also learned that Lathem picked up Warren, a senior treasury assistant at the University of Oxford who he met through the internet, at O'Hare International Airport several days before the killing, Deenihan said.

"What I can tell you, it was not domestic in nature - like a husband/wife or boyfriend/boyfriend or love triangle - that was not the motive".

Warren and Lathem allegedly fled the state shortly after Cornell-Duranleau's death, sparking a manhunt. "It was a little bit more dark and disturbing as far as I'm concerned".

Then Lathem sneaked up on Cornell-Duranleau and plunged a 6-inch drywall knife into the victim's neck and chest.

But Lake Geneva authorities said the man making the donation didn't give his name.

Lathem arrived back in Chicago late Friday night, according to ABC Chicago.

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